Leeds ‘crime-magnet’ shop stripped of its licence permanently

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A shop on a Leeds housing estate - which was temporarily closed last month after a mob of teenagers attacked police - has now been stripped of its trading licence.

As previously reported in the YEP, up to 30 people were involved in an incident on the Holdforths estate in New Wortley, when windows were broken at property near Wellington Stores and police officers and their cars were pelted with bricks and bottles.

An initial three-month closure order was imposed on the shop by the courts, but its licence has now been permanently revoked by a Leeds City Council licensing sub committee.

Councillor Mick Coulson, one of a trio of panel members who revoked the licence, said the decision “didn’t take a lot of making” after the court order and the “horrendous” incidents that led to it.

He said the panel had been shown disturbing photos of young people using drugs and that some of the rowdiness involved had been “akin to a public riot”.

A report prepared for the panel said an application for a total review of the store’s licence was triggered by the earlier closure notice issued by Leeds Magistrates’ Court.

The report added the closure order was made following an application by West Yorkshire Police and a council anti-social behaviour team as “the premises have been associated with anti-social behaviour and disorder for some time”.

“The leaseholder of the store has been approached by both council and police officers with a view to dealing with the problems but to no avail,” the report said.

“The closure order was necessary to prevent repetition of the disorder and nuisance associated with these premises.”

A Leeds City Council spokesman confirmed that the store’s licence had been revoked.

The listed phone number for the store was yesterday coming up as unrecognised.

The YEP reported last month that the shop had become a magnet for crime and anti-social behaviour, with reports of drug dealing, drug use, theft, assaults and anti-social behaviour.

Police said the licensee appeared unable to keep order at the premises in Holdforth Place and residents reported being too frightened and intimidated to use it.

Following the disorder on July 13, a dispersal order had to be put in place and a number of people were arrested. Three have been charged with offences and are due to appear in court.