Popular bar closes its doors after violence

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A TROUBLED bar in Leeds city centre has voluntarily closed its doors.

Fire, on Call Lane, shut down last weekend after a string of crimes plagued the popular venue.

The closure came just days before Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee was due to hold a meeting over the venue’s future.

The licence review, which was meant to be held on Wednesday, July 18, could have seen the venue close permanently.

The meeting has now been postponed until October and the bar will remain closed until then. West Yorkshire Police called for the review following a catalogue of crime.

In January, a man was seriously assaulted and left unconscious in the venue.

In December last year, a man was stabbed in the abdomen.

A victim was also hit over the head with a bottle of champagne last year.

From November 2011 to March this year, 45 thefts were reported at the premises.

The venue was given a yellow card in 2009 following a licence review by Leeds City Council.

But members of the panel decided to give Fire another chance to deal with the issues and improve.

The bar was formerly known as the Fruit Cupboard and later became Puro and then Fire.

A council spokeswoman told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the owners had chosen to close down the venue voluntarily. She added that the hearing was adjourned at the request of both the West Yorkshire Police and the owners on the understanding that it would remain shut until the next licence meeting.

The venue is built partly inside a railway arch and also falls under the jurisdiction of the British Transport Police (BTP).

BTP has reported an increase in the number of assaults since last year.

The future of the venue will be decided when Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee meet on October 15.

Nobody from Fire was available to comment on the situation.

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