Police are to go to court in a bid to shut down a Huddersfield bar.
But the owners of Kewz Bar are set to fight their corner in the magistrates’ court next month after police decided to appeal a licensing decision that allowed it to stay open.
Husband and wife co-owners Hugh Pryce and Thamar Monet faced losing their livelihood on March 21 if the three-man panel at Huddersfield Town Hall had decided to accept West Yorkshire Police’s case to shut them down.
The Queen Street bar had come under intense scrutiny following a string of serious incidents prior to the hearing including a gun being fired in the club and a ‘bottling’ incident.
However, the panel turned down the police request and instead added some minor conditions to their licence.
Police are now challenging that decision and an initial hearing will now be held in Court 4 of Kirklees Magistrates’ Court on May 11 at 2pm.
Kewz director Mrs Monet said: “Having firstly only heard about this appeal from yourself I was rather shocked to hear this news.
“The police have not had the decency to advise me of their appeal.
“We won our Expedited Licence Review on the grounds that the police’s issues with us were unfounded and compared to the rest of the town centre venues for recorded crimes against a venue, Kewz had one of the lowest on the list.
“We have strictly adhered to all licensing requests and we feel by doing this it has actually made Kewz one of the safest, best run bars in town.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said it was protocol not to comment on such matters prior to a hearing.
At the original meeting of the Licensing Panel the police’s barrister Beverley Dawes said: “Between January 1, 2015 and February 21, 2016, there have been a total of 30 offences mainly on Friday and Saturday nights.
“One of the most concerning was on January 31 when a firearm was discharged into a ceiling. This is an extremely serious incident.
“Despite there being a number of door staff on duty that evening a person was able to go out, enter his vehicle and get a firearm .
“That resulted in quite a serious facial injury to a member of the public who was at the bar at the time, 4.30am.
“Overall, the peak time at which offences are taking place is between 3am and 5am.”
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “The council is aware of the appeal, but as this is an active case it would be inappropriate to make a comment before the hearing.”