Police want to close Northampton bar where teen was stabbed in back and chest

Momo in Abington Street
Momo in Abington Street

Police want to suspend the licence of a bar where a teenager was stabbed in the back and chest and ‘could have died’.

An 18-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were both stabbed at a private party at Momo, in Abington Street, on December 27.

It has now emerged that one of the men was stabbed near the heart and was in a “potentially life-threatening condition” after the attack.

The bar is facing a licence review after Northamptonshire Police said it believed it was “associated with serious crime or disorder, or both.”

The force has asked for the club’s licence to be suspended ahead of a full review, to allow it to “properly assess the incident and address any potential failings of the premises licence holders”.

At the time, police said the pair were stabbed with an unknown weapon in the men’s toilets.

The following week, managers were ordered to ensure weapon and drug searches were carried out on half of the bar’s customers.

A report from Chief Superintendent Simon Blatchly, which will be considered by councillors, said: “One of the victims was stabbed in the back and also in the chest, close to the heart.

“It is believed at the time of this application that the victim’s lung has been punctured from the stab would to the back. The extent of the chest wound is not yet as known.

“This victim was taken to hospital and was described as being in a stable but potentially life-threatening condition.

“The second victim was stabbed in the shoulder and the wound is not considered life-threatening at this time.”

Addressing the request to suspend the licence, police say the incident is too serious to be subjected to the standard review process.

Ch Supt Blatchly said: “The premises has been the subject of incidents involving violence within the past 12 months.

“Due to the seriousness of the incident, a ‘quick time’ response was deemed more appropriate.”

The report will be heard at a meeting of Northampton Borough Council’s licensing committee next week.