A police appeal against a decision by a Kirklees Council licensing panel to allow a Huddersfield bar to continue trading was heard in court.

Police had wanted Kewz Bar, in Queen Street to be closed down following a number of serious incidents including one in January when a gun was fired into the bar’s ceiling.

But in March the panel rejected the attempt and imposed only three minor conditions.

However, the celebrations of the couple who run the late night bar, Hugh Pryce and Thamar Monet, were shortlived when it emerged the police were intending to appeal the judgment.

LICENCE HOLDER THAMAR MONET SPEAKING IN MARCH:

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Kirklees Magistrates heard from Andrew Garthwaite, on behalf of the police, who said that since the review hearing into the bar there “has been a shift in the clientele attending the Kewz Bar and the number of incidents with Kewz Bar have greatly reduced.”

He added: “Police effectively wish to monitor the premises...the police are clear that if the club continues to operate in the manner that it has been doing since the expedited review hearing then this would not need to proceed to a contested hearing.”

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Mrs Monet said: “Personally we would like to get this over and done with as soon as possible. We feel that we are in limbo-land and can’t progress the business or refurbishment. We have this hanging over us.”

Wayne Perriman, chairman of the bench, agreed that the matter should be adjourned until July 4 at 10am.