A Shirley pub could be shut down over a spate of criminal and anti-social behaviour - including a firework being thrown at police.

Councillors will decide tonight whether to revoke the licence of The Goat, in Broom Road, after licence-holder Patson Ngoma "reneged on his promises to work with the police to resolve the issues at the premises".

Mr Ngoma also "failed in his responsibilities to adhere to his premises licence conditions" at The Goat, according to Metropolitan Police licensing officer Darren Rhodes.

UPDATE 8 March: A Croydon Council spokesman said the outcome of last night's licensing meeting will be announced later this week

In his application for a license review Mr Rhodes said the pub had been "coming to the attention of police for a number of months".

He said that on October 24 last year, a firework was thrown at a police van as officers responded to a call at the pub, with customers acting "hostile" towards officers.

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On December 2 Croydon Council threatened court action if there was more anti-social behaviour at The Goat.

But at about 10pm on Christmas Day police were called to break up a fight at the pub, later arresting a man at a nearby residential address.

When PC Rhodes visited the pub on January 6, he found there was no CCTV or incident report of the Christmas Day fight, and bouncers had not been on duty on the night.

Mr Ngoma is also accused of several breaches of The Goat's licence, including only recording CCTV for nine days, failing to keep staff training records in relation to conflict management, and hosting "regulated entertainment" at the pub without a licence.

Even after promising to clean up the pub's act, it is claimed Mr Ngoma only gave PC Rhodes three day notice of an event instead of 14, and failed to install correct CCTV or hire enough door supervisors.

Mr Rhodes said a review of the pub's licence was now "the only option available".

The Croydon Guardian has contacted Mr Ngoma for comment.

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