POLICE and university bosses are fighting plans to expand a Leeds nightclub after a year of shocking booze-fuelled crimes at the venue.
According to a Leeds City Council planning report, Halo on Woodhouse Lane has suffered a spate of incidents in the past 12 months, including 52 thefts, 14 assaults, seven drunk and disorderly arrests and three sexual assaults.
Police fear plans to extend the opening hours from 3.30am to 6am and adding two outdoor bars could further aggravate alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance and criminal damage.
The University of Leeds, which is spending £27.5million on the new 24-hour Laidlaw Library next door to the nightclub, is also opposing the plans over fears that rowdy clubbers could disturb students wanting to hit the books.
An objection submitted by solicitors acting for the university said: “We are aware there are a large number of crimes taking place in Halo.”
It added: “We are concerned that students wishing to use the new library during the night may feel unsafe or intimidated by users of the club.”
It also explained there was already a cause for concern after 27 clubbers were caught urinating in public on the university’s CCTV cameras on one night last month.
Cat Sanderson, licensing officer for West Yorkshire Police said: “The premises need to be able to control their venue and customers within their current hours of operating before applying for additional hours.
“Currently I have no confidence that they are able to do this.”
No one from Halo or owners Tokyo Industries (Ultimate) Ltd were available for comment.
Health and Safety, Environmental Health and Entertainment Licensing are also opposing the application, which will be reviewed by Leeds City Council’s licencing bosses at a meeting at 10am on Monday, October 13.