Licences of two Northampton bars linked to Bridge Street brawl remain suspended after new hearing

Police are appealing for witnesses following after four people were stabbed at Faces bar in Bridge Street, Northampton, early today. NNL-141212-093733001
Police are appealing for witnesses following after four people were stabbed at Faces bar in Bridge Street, Northampton, early today. NNL-141212-093733001

The licences of two Northampton bars linked by police to a riot remain suspended today, following a ruling by borough councillors.

Northampton Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee met to consider the interim suspension of both Nu Bar and Faces Bar following a 60-man brawl last week during which six people were stabbed.

The behind-closed-doors hearing heard evidence from Northamptonshire Police, the council’s licensing officers and the two bars before considering the suspensions imposed at last week’s hearing.

With regard to Faces Bar, councillors decided the current suspension would remain in place until a full review hearing is held, which must be done within 28 days. If Faces Bar representatives make a request to reconsider the suspension, this must be heard within two working days.

A temporary events notice for Faces Bar to extend its opening hours on Christmas Day was also due to be considered today. However, at the request of the Faces Bar legal representative, this application was adjourned.

With regard to Nu Bar, the sub-committee decided unanimously that:

* Nu Bar’s licence conditions would be modified, and the current suspension would remain in place

* The suspension will be lifted when Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police are satisfied that these new conditions have been met

* The new conditions state that the bar must complete a comprehensive risk assessment which will be agreed by Northamptonshire Police and Northampton Borough Council licensing department. This will look at how the bar is run and operated, to ensure public safety

* Nu Bar cannot hold any events not organised by the licence holder or their designated premises supervisor

* A full review of the premises licence will be considered within 28 days of last week’s Expedited Review Hearing.

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “It is important that people visiting Northampton feel safe and are safe.

“We have acted quickly to deal with the issues raised by Northamptonshire Police, through our powers as the licensing authority.

“We will continue to work closely with them in advance of the full review in January.

“All licence holders must work with Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police to help us create a safe environment, and we will use our powers to the full to make sure standards are upheld.”