A special meeting of councillors is to take place to discuss the future of a Huddersfield bar.
Police have asked for the Kewz Bar in Queen Street to close at 2am rather than 5am and now the issue will be aired at a licensing meeting.
The news followed a number of violent incidents in and around the bar in recent weeks – including a gun being fired – and police made an application for an Expedited Review.
This takes place when the Chief Officer of Police applies to the licensing authority for a licence review if an officer of at least Superintendent rank issues a certificate that in his/her opinion a licensed premise is associated with serious crime or serious disorder or both.
Kirklees licensing sub-committee including Clrs Ken Smith, Carole Pattison and Bill Armer met to discuss the matter at an interim hearing this week.
Now the licensing authority must hold a full licensing review within 28 days at which police and Kewz Bar representatives will be asked to give evidence.
PC Leon Stansfield, of Kirklees Licensing said: “We asked for it to shut at 2am due to recent episodes of disorder but this was declined.
“We had a meeting with Kewz management and said if there was any more trouble we had to go to review and now there has been this stabbing incident on Saturday.
“We have to take account of the safety of the public who go in there.
“But I must say that the licensee Hugh Pryce and Thamer Monet the joint owners, they manage the club really well but things are going too far and incidents have gone ‘past the line’.
“They are very pro-police and they do work with us very well.
“They search people on entry and they have been using a safety arch or metal detector.”
Clr Pattison said: “The council has not imposed anything on the club.
“We had very little information yesterday and didn’t have the opportunity to speak to the police or the owners of the bar.”
Ms Monet said: “The councillors are happy for us to continue opening.
“They were not satisfied that the police evidence was sufficient for us to be closed.
“I offered voluntarily to close on a temporary basis at 4am. We now have additional licensed door staff on shifts and full compulsory searches on entry. We take the safety of our customers very seriously.
“We have been open for 10 years as an independent family-run business.
“We love Huddersfield and would love to continue trading."