Leeds nightclub shut amid fears punters could die

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A Leeds nightclub that was blighted by problems with violence and drugs has been shut down – after concerns were raised that someone could die.

Licensing officials from Leeds City Council heard that police were repeatedly called to The Manor, between Horsforth and Rodley, during the year that it was open.

They were told incidents at the club – in the former Paris restaurant on Calverley Lane – had become increasingly frequent and severe.

A report to the licensing sub-committee said: “The incidents being reported... ranged from fighting at the premises, to section 18 grievous bodily harm (GBH) assaults, drug issues and incidents involving minors.”

On one occasion a 15-year-old allegedly attacked a customer with a glass. On another a chair was used “as a weapon” in a fight.

The report added: “There is a regular theme running through this venue... in relation to the absence of CCTV, failure to contact the police and underage issues. This can not be allowed to continue.”

The licensing sub-committee revoked the clubs licence after hearing that police were concerned that unless something was done “a death would occur”.

Sub-committee chairman Coun Graham Hyde said: “We were concerned that the premises licence holder did not fully understand his role in making sure that the licensing conditions were followed, or that if the stipulations were modified, these would be adhered to.”

Despite the decision, a message on the club’s Facebook page insisted the club was only closed for “renovation” because of “a few minor mishaps and slight hiccups”. It added: “Expect to hear all kinds of rumours about us closing down, losing licencing etc, as I have already heard them but I guarantee these rumours are totally untrue.”

No-one from the club could be contacted for a comment.

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