‘Final warning’ Leeds city centre bar could be forced to close

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A Leeds bar that was given a final warning after becoming a magnet for violence could be forced to close.

West Yorkshire Police have applied for a licence review at Fire, on Call Lane, which could see the bar lose its licence.

The club, which is partly built inside a railway arch, also falls under the jurisdiction of British Transport Police who report an increase in the number of assaults since last year.

The bar, which was formerly known as Puro, was given a yellow card following a licence review by Leeds City Council three years ago.

Members of the panel said the bar should be given one last chance to change the way it operates and since then the bar, which was also formerly The Fruit Cupboard, re-opened under the name Fire.

Police have called for the latest review of the premises following a catalogue of crime.

The incidents include:

* A man being seriously assaulted and left unconscious in the club in January;

* A man being stabbed in the abdomen in December last year;

* A victim being hit over the head with a champagne bottle last year.

A report to the panel from West Yorkshire Police said that they had “lost confidence” with the club’s ability to prevent crime.

The report said: “BTP have presented evidence to West Yorkshire Police of a real decline in the management of the premises since January 2011 which has led to an increase in the number of assaults at, or associated with the premises, some of these assaults being extremely serious in nature.

“Despite meetings with BTP, the assaults have continued, including two stabbings.

“BTP and WYP have, therefore, lost confidence in the ability of the club’s senior management to prevent crime and disorder.”

Between November 2011 and March there were 45 recorded thefts on the premises.

Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee will review the licence at their next meeting on Wednesday, July 18.

Nobody was available to comment from Fire.

17 April  2018......   Belinda Dawson, general manager of 42 The Calls  Picture Tony Johnson.

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