Leeds pub stripped of licence after violence

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A pub linked to fights and nearby stabbings has had its licence revoked by the council licensing authority.

The Fellmonger on North Parkway, Seacroft, Leeds, was immediately closed by police under the Licensing Act on November 17 after a mass brawl during a funeral wake ended with an officer receiving hospital treatment after being attacked with a chair.

The following day, magistrates heard a police application to extend the 24-hour closure. At the hearing Marc Burnham-Thomas represented W Licensing Limited which held the premise licence and Mr Lee Wilson pub manager. The court heard the Designated Premises Supervisor responsible for running the premises was not contactable. The closure extention was refused when the bench stated that, though critical of the premises, it had no evidence that further disorder would take place or that public safety was at risk. In fact the pub is believed to have remained closed since.

On Friday, a full review of the pub’s licence by the Leeds Licensing Sub-Committee was held and members stripped the premises of its licence.

The pub’s operators can appeal to magistrates.

In a report to the Sub-Committee, it was stated that complaints had previously been received about unauthorised licensed activities taking place and out of hours operations. Warning letters had been sent. Between 2008 and 2010 10 complaints had been received from residents about loud music from late night discos and a senior environmental health officer stated that police reports on incidents at the pub raise questions about the effective control by current management.

Insp Steve Emmett, of the Killingbeck and Seacroft Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The licensing hearing heard evidence that local residents living near to the Fellmonger public house had been disturbed by a number of incidents related to the premises including crime, disorder and noise.”

The November 17 fight came only months after a man was stabbed outside the pub by masked men and a year after a brawl ended with a man seriously injured when hit by a car outside. In August 2009 a man suffered severe internal injuries when pinned against a lamppost by a BMW outside the pub and in February 2007, Darren Bradshaw, 17, was stabbed and killed outside the Fellmonger.

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