A BATLEY bar plagued by violent incidents has been told it must close – but its owners say they’ll appeal the decision.
Le Choix Bar on Bradford Road had its licence revoked after a number of incidents in the past six months.
These included an assault on September 18 with three female victims, one of whom was admitted to hospital with injuries to her back.
On October 15, a 22-year-old man needed hospital treatment for a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and facial nerve damage after being struck on the head.
Presenting a police application for the bar’s licence to be revoked, Sgt Leon Stansfield told a licensing panel: “I believe this business has not been run as per the premises licence for some time and continues to breach the conditions.
"The owner of the building and previous licence-holder Mohammed Rashid ran the premises without a designated premises supervisor for over a year and fully admitted to not knowing what the opening times were, or that they differed from the times the alcohol sales were permitted.”
Backing the application, Anwar Butt of the licensing authority said: “The management of this premises has been questionable...demonstrated by a continued failure to operate within the requirements of the licensing act and to ensure licensing objectives are met.
“Mr Rashid and his sister Shahista have been given every opportunity to comply with the requirements since October, 2015. They have shown themselves to have a lack of commitment to fulfilling these requirements and have laid the blame for this with either the council or police.”
Mr Rashid told the panel: “It’s a professionally-run outfit. The bar supervisor has 40 years’ experience. We have completed a £150,000 refurbishment this year. We have made mistakes before but it was not done maliciously. We have run it to a very high standard.”
In a post on the Le Choix Facebook page, the bar owners said they would be appealing the decision and would keep the bar open until this had been heard.