A Leeds pub that has become a magnet for violence has been ordered to shut.
The Slip Inn in Morley – described as attracting an ‘intimidating’ clientele – had its licence revoked by Leeds City Council’s licensing committee yesterday.
They had been asked to review the situation by police, who fear for public safety.
The Albion Street pub will have to close in 21 days time, unless pub owner and licence holder Star Pubs & Bars appeal.
Inspector Paul Sullivan, of Morley NPT, told the meeting: “My role is to ensure public safety and I am struggling to do this at this venue.
“I have a small number of officers and we spend a disproportionate time [there].
“I have serious significant concerns about the current management. It is a matter of time before someone is fatally injured.”
Police have recorded dozens of assaults, thefts and disturbances at the pub over the last couple of years.
Insp Sullivan said during one particularly frightening attack a man was beaten unconscious on Bonfire Night.
Ward councillors Judith Elliott (Morley Borough Independents) and Neil Dawson (Lab) both welcomed the result.
Coun Dawson said: “I always walk on the other side of the road from The Slip Inn – it’s very intimidating.”
Karen Hughes, solicitor for Star Pubs & Bars, had pledged change to avoid losing its licence. She said her client had reached an agreement that former landlord Terry Benson would leave the pub in March, and new management brought in.
Mr Benson was banned from running the pub last year, when the licence was last reviewed, but has continued to be involved, said Sergeant Robert Fullilove.