TWO St Neots pubs risk losing their licences after undercover police officers bought nearly 40 cocaine and ecstasy deals in a five-week sting operation last year. The police also complained of assaults, thefts, violence, under-age drinking, large-scale disturbances and lack of supervision at the Wrestlers Hotel, in New Street, and the King's Head, in South Street. Both hotels are owned by Burton-on-Trent-based Punch Taverns. In the district's first test of the Licensing Act 2003, which came fully into effect in November 2005, Chief Superintendent Mick Gipp has asked Huntingdonshire District Council to review the two pubs' premises licences. The council has power to revoke them completely, suspend them, demand a new supervisor is installed or change licence conditions. The police say the two pubs have failed to discharge the four objectives of the new Act - prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of nuisance and protection of children from harm. The owners and operators of the pubs and people with homes and businesses nearby have 28 days to comment before a licensing sub-committee determines the application. There is a right of appeal to Huntingdonshire magistrates.