Using its emergency liquor powers, NT Police has ordered the 48-hour closure of the Gap View Hotel in Alice Springs in response to an increase if alcohol-related incidents at the hotel.

Northern Territory police announced late on Thursday afternoon that they had served a notice of suspension to the Gap View Hotel, with a statement outlining that the action followed “a series of concerning incidents” over a number of days, with the police called out to resolve four separate incidents on Wednesday 3 April stemming from excessive alcohol consumption.

“The Northern Territory Police remains committed to upholding public safety and enforcing regulations to prevent alcohol related harm within the community,” stated Acting Commander Drew Slape.

“The decision to temporarily suspend the premises under Section 258 of the Liquor Act for 48 hours underscores the importance of responsible alcohol management.”

Section 258 of the Liquor Act 2019, allows the Commissioner of Police to suspend a license for a maximum of 48 hours if there is an emergency or natural disaster; riotous conduct; a breach of the peace; or a threat to public safety.

The Gap View Hotel is owned by Sydney-based Iris Capital, who also own the Todd Tavern and Lasseters Casino in Alice Springs. Iris Capital was contacted for comment, but did not respond in time for publication.

The 48-hour closure comes off the back of the Emergency Situation declaration in Alice Springs made last week, which includes a two-week youth curfew in the town centre between 6pm to 6am, following unrest throughout the town. Footage emerged of staff and patrons barricading themselves in the Todd Tavern as rocks and bricks were thrown at the pub’s windows. Five people were arrested following the incident.

“We urge all licensed establishment to prioritise the safety and well-being of patrons and the community at large,” stated Slape.

“We also remind the public to consume alcohol responsibly and to respect the laws and regulations governing licensed premises.”

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