Hours cut at ‘unruly’ Leeds bar after police complaints

The Angel. (1403115AM4)
The Angel. (1403115AM4)
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A bar blamed by police for causing violence and disorder has had its opening hours cut following a licence review.

Officers called for restrictions at The Angel, in Wetherby, after branding it a “problem location”.

A report to Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee said there had been intermittent reports of assaults and disturbances since 2009.

It added: “Violent crime is a major concern taking place on the premises or as customers leave.

“The absence of CCTV has also been highlighted to licence holders on many occasions, which has prevented offenders from being brought to justice.”

Police said there were concerns about drugs and underage drinking at the High Street sports bar, which is above Sant’ Angelo restaurant.

Their report added: “Further concerns have also been raised over the relevant planning consent and noise issues experienced at the premises.”

In a letter supporting the police action, the owners of a nearby business said their customers had been “harassed” by The Angel’s punters and claimed they regularly had to clear up glasses and vomit.

“We are keen to return to a civilised neighbourhood where our customers can enjoy their nights out without the fear or dread of chaos from this unruly establishment,” the letter added.

Following the licence review, bosses of The Angel have been told that they must now close by 11.30pm.

No-one will be allowed in after 10.30pm.

The previous licence allowed the venue to stay open until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays and 12.30am on other nights.

A council spokesman said: “The downstairs area will also need to have at least three quarters of the area set aside for dining – a minimum of 120 covers. We have also updated some conditions about use of CCTV.”

He added: “It was agreed that a number of changes should be made to the licence.

“These reflected concerns which had been raised and were based on evidence and submissions made to the sub-committee.”

The council said the licensee had 21 days to appeal against any of the new conditions.

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