Council revokes Village nightclub license after hearing of violent incidents at site

A BRADFORD nightclub has had its license revoked after police detailed numerous violent incidents there over the past year – some of which involved children.

Bradford Council’s licensing committee revoked the license for The Village on Sackville Street at a meeting this morning, with police detailing incidents involving stabbings, drinking and several assaults.

The club had argued such incidents ‘could happen on any premises’ – leading a PC to say the company appeared to be ‘hiding their heads in the sand’ because of the regular mess there reigned.

West Yorkshire Police had requested a license review at the nightclub after recording nine serious incidents since May 2021 – when clubs reopened after the Covid lockdown.

An incident in January saw a person stabbed.

No one from the club attended the review, which was held at City Hall, but a letter representing graduate Anne Gilmour was circulated at the meeting.

Written by licensing practitioner RJ Thompson, it said a decision had already been made to return the license as Bradford was “getting worse for drug dealing and making it extremely difficult to operate a licensed establishment”.

He said it would be ‘unfair’ to revoke the license as they were in the process of returning it.

The club held its last night before voluntarily closing earlier this month.

PC Lord, speaking on behalf of West Yorkshire Police, said: ‘It is not often that police appear before a license panel to ask for a review.

Police call for Bradford nightclub’s license to be revoked after series of crimes

“The pandemic has been extremely difficult for the hospitality industry and nightclubs have suffered huge financial losses.

“There is also a generation of 18 year olds who have come of age in the shadow of Covid who have found themselves in the situation where they are legally of age but have not yet learned street smarts to protect during a party. ”

He said The Village did not provide a safe night out for young people and topped the list in the District of Bradford for police calls to licensed premises.

The club’s letter referred to the incidents the police had listed in their appeal for review.

Referring to the January 9 stabbing, the response said: “Unfortunately this could happen in any premises. You can have good doormen who check and find no weapons, however, those who are determined always manage to conceal them.

Referring to the stabbing victim, the response said: ‘I believe his injuries were found not to be as severe as expected.

PC Lord responded by saying, “The injuries were very serious and could have resulted in death.”

He said while investigating the incident officers spoke to a vulnerable 16-year-old, then listed as a missing person, who was at the club at the time.

Referring to an incident on August 29 that involved a 16-year-old girl attacking a 16-year-old, the Village’s letter read: “An age policy is in place and IDs are checked. These were both checked and had ID – they both looked older.

PC Lord replied: “There are two 16 year olds frequenting the premises and one has to go to hospital. If you have Challenge 21 in place, saying “they seemed to look older” isn’t enough.

He said the club initially asked if the girls had been in the village and added: “Now they say the two have had their IDs checked.”

Referring to an incident on September 12 when a woman was found unconscious in the club, Village’s letter read: ‘Very few details to comment on – did the police call an ambulance?’

PC Lord said: “We don’t know why they are asking if we called an ambulance, surely it is up to them.”

He said a condition of the club’s license was that a log of incidents at the club be kept, and raised concerns the club had ‘very few details’ of a club goer. knocked out.

Referring to an incident on October 30 where a 15-year-old boy had his drink stolen, the letter said: “The club operate a vigorous age verification policy, and no one is admitted without proof of age. ‘age.”

PC Lord said the 15-year-old apparently entered the club without proper identification and was with friends aged between 14 and 16. He added: “It seems to go against the argument that they operate vigorous age checks.”

The letter added: ‘She (the license holder) operates a local in one of the toughest towns you could ever have a local, go to Bradford on the weekend after 2am and the drug trade is rampant , cars on street corners and unfortunately no police presence This attracts undesirables to our approved premises.

He goes on to suggest that the police were trying to shut down the club ‘to save costs’.

PC Lord referenced this statement saying: “If undesirables are attracted, then surely the club can refuse to let them in?”

He said there were many new sites open in the city that the police were working with, so it was unfair to say that they were trying to shut down sites to make their lives easier.

He added: “The Village tops the list of incidents in the District. The fact that this was when it only opened two evenings a week is even more concerning.

“It is the responsibility of the night economy to provide young people with a safe place for them. The history of incidents at the Village shows that its management is unable to assume this responsibility.

“The theme of this response is ‘it happens everywhere, what can we do?’

“Management cannot sit in the sand and hope the problems go away. Nowhere in this response from the club do they take any responsibility for any incidents at the club.

Later in the letter to the committee, Mr Thompson said: “It would be so unfair for the T&A (Telegraph & Argus) to continue to give Bradford and this club such a poor image.”

Councilor Geoff Winnard (Cons, Bingley) said there was: ‘a dreadful catalog of incidents for an establishment’.

Members voted to revoke the club’s license saying it was necessary “to protect children from harm” and “the prevention of crime and disorder”.

Jerry C. Greiner