Under-fire Batley hotel is stripped of license

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A HOTEL in Batley where teenage girls were drugged and raped has had its license revoked.

The Alder House Hotel on Towngate Road, Healey, is now banned from serving alcohol and hosting events.

It can though still operate as a B&B. The decision was made by Kirklees Council’s licensing committee last Friday.

Nadeem Hussain, manager of the hotel since September and who had no involvement in the scandal, is appealing the decision.

It comes after two men were jailed for a total of 36 years for abusing vulnerable girls they picked up in Keighley in 2011.

Shazad Rehman, 30, and 23-year-old Bilal Hussain plied their victims with drink and drugs at hotels including Alder House.

A trial at Bradford Crown Court heard they took three 14-year-old girls there several times.

The licensing action, held at Dewsbury Town Hall, was delayed until the end of court proceedings to prevent it prejudging the trial.

Coun Mumtaz Hussain (Lab, Dewsbury South) and Coun Steve Hall (Lab, Heckmondwike) were among those on the licensing panel.

They heard evidence from PC Richard Woodhead, of Kirklees Police, about further trouble at the hotel.

He said: “They say this was an historical event, but in the last 12 months we’ve 16 incident logs relating to the Alder House Hotel.

“These include two breaches of the peace, one hate crime, one theft and one allegation of rape on an adult female.”

Supt Ged McManus, also of Kirklees Police, is now to lead a crackdown on child sex exploitation involving hotels.

He said: “We’ll be visiting every hotel and licensed premises in Kirklees and having a conversation with the managers about their responsibilities.

“We don’t want any other premises ending up in the same position as the Alder House Hotel.”

Paul Normandale, for Mr Hussain, said his client had transformed the hotel since the allegations came to light.

Mr Hussain told the hearing he condemned the “despicable crimes” and is “sick and tired of the hotel being associated with paedophiles.”

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