Bar where mass brawl started in Northampton to remain shut until ‘further notice’ after licence ruling

Bridge Street was cordoned off after the brawl on December 12.
Bridge Street was cordoned off after the brawl on December 12.

A Northampton bar which had its licence suspended following the stabbing of six people in Bridge Street in December is to remain closed “until further notice.”

Northampton Borough Council suspended the licence of Faces Bar shortly after a 60 man brawl, which began within the venue and spilled out onto the streets outside on Friday, December 12.

It is understood the instigators of the riot had first attended an organised event at nearby venue Nu Bar, which also had its licence suspensed in the incident aftermath.

Last night the borough council’s licensing sub-committee met again behind closed doors to consider both bars individually with evidence presented by Northamptonshire Police.

The committee concluded that Nu Bar, which was allowed to reopen for busniness on December 19 after the council was satisfied it had carried out a full risk assessment, would receive changes to its licensing conditions, including needing to give the Police 14 days notice of any external promoted event.

But it concluded Faces Bar should remain closed until further measures could be put in place and the licensing authority could be satisfied the venue can be opened safely.

The suspension remains in place for 21 days but this could be lifted if the conditions are met before then.

Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “We take our roles as the licensing authority and in protecting the public very seriously and we acted quickly after the incident in December. The Licensing Sub-Committee considered a lot of evidence before reaching their conclusions in this review and Faces Bar will remain closed until we are satisfied that all proper measures are in place.”