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Revellers rally round as police propose to shut town centre's Kewz bar

Regulars at the bar have hit out at the plans

Customers of a Huddersfield bar facing a licence review have sprung to its defence.

Police have pushed for a licensing review meeting over Kewz bar, after a spate of violent incidents.

The bar, on Queen Street, has been the scene of various altercations and police want to see its licence reviewed at a council hearing next week.

The meeting will decide whether to shut down the bar or change its closing time from 5am to 2am.

Kewz bar, Queen Street, Huddersfield.

But staff and regulars at Kewz have slammed the motion, saying: “There isn’t a bar in any town that hasn’t had a ‘bottling’.”

Police concerns arose after a string of incidents at the bar last month, including a stabbing and a man being injured after a gun was fired.

Staff have ardently defended the bar’s ability to curb violence.

In a report published by Kirklees Council, licence holder Thamar Monet said: “I feel that the police are using unjust situations to force a licence review.

“We have unequivocally complied with all licensing requirements.

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“We have prided ourselves in having a good working relationship with the police in the past.”

Defending the bar against recent reports of fights, Mrs Monet added in the report: “There isn’t a bar in any town that hasn’t had a ‘bottling’.

“Kewz bar has been a leader in Huddersfield centre for using plastic only, when serving drinks, for such a long time.”

Regulars to the bar have also contested the plans.

One regular wrote to the council to say: “(Kewz) have the measures in place (metal detectors, searches and breathalysers) to stop trouble before it enters the building.”

Kewz Bar in Huddersfield town centre
Kewz Bar in Huddersfield town centre

Another said: “I do understand that there have been a few incidents that have occurred recently but that is only a handful of people causing these problems.”

One reveller said of the venue: “I strongly feel that closing the club because of a few bad individuals is passing the responsibility and not solving the underlying issue.”

The report into the proposal to shut Kewz said: “The application relates to concerns relating to serious crime and serious disorder alleged to be associated with the premises.”

The review meeting will take place next Monday at Huddersfield town hall.



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