Police demand review of violent Batley bar

POLICE have called for a licence review into a Batley bar that has seen a number of recent violent incidents. 

Officers have asked Kirklees Council to conduct a review into Le Choix Bar’s licence.

Police described the Bradford Road bar as a “drain on resources” after they were called to incidents including knife crime, theft, three assaults in one night, a serious assault, a man being glassed and four assaults over two nights.

An application has been made and a hearing, where the police and bar owners will give evidence, is pending.

The move comes just a month after West Yorkshire Police urged Kirklees to reject a bid by the bar to install Mohammed Shabir as its new licensee due to his previous convictions for violence.

Councillors agreed with the police and told Le Choix to find another suitable licensee, or designated premises supervisor, which is a requirement at all bars.

During the meeting which saw councillors reject Mr Shabir’s application, West Yorkshire Police licensing officer Richard Woodhead described the bar as “a drain on the resources of the night time economy, both for the police and the ambulance service.”

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