A police appeal against a decision by a Kirklees Council licensing panel to allow a Huddersfield bar to continue trading has officially been withdrawn.

Police had wanted Kewz Bar in Queen Street to be closed after a number of serious incidents.

This included a gun being fired into the bar’s ceiling in January and a ‘bottling’ incident.

In March the panel rejected their request, instead adding some minor conditions to the bar’s licence.

Police then challenged the decision and last month a hearing was held at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.

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The appeal was on the grounds that the licensing committee had failed to take sufficient account of the concerns raised by police.

Kewz Bar licence holder Thamar Monet
Kewz Bar licence holder Thamar Monet

However magistrates heard that the number of incidents at the bar had greatly reduced since a shift in the clientele.

They were told that police would monitor the premises and not need to proceed to a contested hearing if the improvements continued.

The hearing was adjourned but yesterday the matter was officially withdrawn at the Huddersfield court.

Magistrates heard that West Yorkshire Police had notified Kirklees Council that they did not wish to proceed with the appeal.