A PUB which became the centre of `unprecedented' levels of crime and antisocial behaviour will stay closed.
The Little John pub, Keldregate, Bradley had its licence revoke by Kirklees Council yesterday.
Councillors were told the pub had become an epicentre of anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and violence including assaults on staff.
Large groups of youth gathered around the pub intimidating people and vandalising property in and outside the pub.
In just five months last year police responded to 34 incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour in or around the pub. Police said this was greater than any pub or nightclub in Kirklees.
The pub struggled to keep its staff, employing eight landlords between 2002 to May 2006.
In May 2006 two men with criminal records for violence, anti-social behaviour and deception unofficially took over as `landlords' and one of the men was later arrested for hiding a man wanted by police in the pub.
The pub was closed shortly before an arson attack in July. Since its closure police recorded just two call outs in the area.
Police described the pub as a blight, condemning its owners Punch Taverns for failing to manage the pub and putting profits ahead of community responsibility.
The Marsh House, Westbourne Road, Marsh, also owned by Punch Taverns, closed following a shooting. Police shut the Marsh House on October 1 after a 22-year-old man was shot in the bar area. It was the last in a series of incidents, which included a man entering the pub with a 3ft samurai sword.
Insp Mark Broadhead of West Yorkshire Police said: "Punch Taverns allowed criminals to take charge after all the Little John pub's supervisors left. Punch Taverns allowed this negligence to continue.
"They allowed a fraudulent application to be made by saying they had CCTV and held pub watch meetings. There was never any CCTV installed despite signs in the bar. The Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator in the area said there was never a pub watch and the landlords of The Little John never played any part in it.
"Punch Taverns failed to manage this pub and allowed crime to spiral out of control. Crime and disorder made unprecedented levels. It made life for residents intolerable.
"They lived in fear of what would happen next."
Licensing panel chairman, David Sheard, said: "Corporate licence holders are getting away with what individual licensees would never get away with. These corporate licence holders show no interest in managing their properties."
A spokesperson from Punch Taverns said: "We have continually liaised with the local authorities to find a way of removing the troubled element that surrounds the pub and have employed a number of managers in an attempt to affect a change.
"In June 2006 we took the decision to voluntarily close the pub in the interest of the local community.
"We are currently assessing the future of the site and as part of our commitment to responsible retailing we will be developing plans that aim to benefit the local community."