Half bar’s customers will be searched in wake of Northampton stabbings

Momo Bar
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A bar in Northampton where two teenagers were stabbed has been ordered to step up its weapons searches.

The attacks happened on Friday, December 27 at Momo bar in Abington Street.

Councillors on Northampton Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee said managers must now ensure half of all customers are searched for weapons and drugs before they enter.

Previously every fifth person was being searched.

Councillor Christoper Malpas, chair of the licensing sub-committee, said: “What happened was out of the bar’s control; it’s impossible to search everyone.

“They are doing all that they can.”

The stabbing victims were an 18-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man, who were attacked at about 3am on Friday in the men’s toilets.

The 19-year-old was taken to University Hospital Coventry and the 18-year-old needed medical attention.

Northamptonshire Police called Momo’s licensing conditions in for review following the stabbings.

The licensing sub-committee will meet again about Momo’s conditions later this month.

Anyone with information about the stabbings can call 101 and ask for Northampton CID, DS 540 Finson. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.