A HOTEL where underage girls were sexually abused faces a licensing probe.
Kirklees councillors will next week decide if the Alder House Hotel can keep its licence.
The Batley hotel was the location where vulnerable girls were drugged and raped in 2011.
A crown court trial concluded in March and Shazad Rehman, 30, was jailed for 18-and-half years and Bilal Hussain, 23, was jailed for 17-and-a-half years for offences which took place at the hotel.
The two men travelled to Halifax and Keighley and the police say they “targeted young females aged between 12-14-years-old, whom they approached and befriended”.
The girls were taken to the Alder House Hotel and plied with alcohol and drugs “rendering them incapable of resisting sexual advances”.
Now West Yorkshire Police have called for a review of the hotel’s licence due to it being linked to child sexual exploitation.
While the hotel’s staff did not engage in such activity, it will be claimed the “bad practices they adopted allowed child sexual exploitation to take place within the rooms at the hotel and over a number of occasions”.
In a report to Licensing members, Pc Richard Woodhead said: “The practices adopted by the owner and the management have lead to serious breaches of the licensing objectives.”
Police reports say owner Nazir Hussain allowed Asian men to book rooms for an afternoon, and their booking was erased from the hotel log after departure.
No charges were ever brought against Mr Hussain.
However, West Yorkshire Police have called for a review of his premises licence.
Yesterday Nadeem Hussain, the son of Nazir Hussain, said he had taken over the running of the hotel from his father.
He said: “This happened two years ago.
“I took over the management of the hotel last September.
“I’ve made a lot of changes to ensure that something like that never happens again.
“We’ve installed CCTV recording 24/7 and we have night porters.
“It is a stressful time.”
Kirklees Council’s Licensing Panel will decide the application at Dewsbury Town Hall, at 10am on Friday, June 14.