Roxy high on violence

Parramatta’s Roxy Hotel has been named the most violent pub in western Sydney.

New statistics from the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing show there were 15 violent incidents at the venues in the last financial year.

The Roxy has consistently featured in the name-and-shame list but was removed from the last one, only to reappear last week.

PJ’s Irish Pub was also on the list.

The number of violent incidents at The Roxy has put the venue on level two alcohol restrictions.

This means no service of alcohol for 30 minutes before closing; no glass or breakable containers after midnight; alcohol time-outs or the provision of free water and food for 10 minutes every hour after midnight; and the requirement to maintain a detailed incident register.

The Roxy did not return the Sun’s phone calls.

Despite the Roxy and PJ’s Irish Pub being listed, Parramatta Police Commander Robert Redfern said all venues in the city were improving.

‘‘First and foremost, for years Parramatta had four venues on level one restrictions,’’ he said.

‘‘There has been much work done with licensed venues and police to move from four on level one to two on level two. Having said that, clearly we’re concerned about any violence in Parramatta on any level.’’

In western Sydney, Parramatta’s Roxy Hotel, PJ’s Irish Pub, Penrith RSL Club, and Lone Pine Tavern in Rooty Hill, 12, had the highest number of violent incidents.

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