Police apply to shut Bradford nightclub at centre of violent feud

The scene of the last month's brawl in Sackville Street

The scene of the last month's brawl in Sackville Street

First published in News

A NIGHTCLUB described by police as the "nucleus" of a violent feud could be shut down.

The police have called for the licence of Club C's to be urgently reviewed after three men were stabbed there, saying they feared retaliation attacks.

The club in Sackville Street, Bradford, has had its licence suspended ahead of a meeting next week where its fate will be decided.

Last year, licence holder Neal Allen was issued with a formal warning after five serious violent incidents at the club.

But violence reared its head once again on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend last month.

As the Telegraph & Argus reported, three men were stabbed and another two injured as two groups clashed in a brawl in Sackville Street in the early hours of Monday, May 26.

A police report going before the licensing committee describes the scene officers found when they arrived.

The report, by Acting Chief Superintendent Lisa Griffin, says: "Officers, upon arrival, were faced with a very large, hostile group of males fighting both in the street and also inside the premises known as Club C's."

Acting Ch Supt Griffin said most of the violence had happened before the police arrived, with the injured taken to hospital in private cars.

Her report says: "The disorder broke out inside the club between two differing groups of males, with a number of weapons being used, escalating outside in the street where it then concluded.

"Other licensed premises within the area have stated that they barricaded themselves inside their premises with customers, such was the degree of disorder that spilled out on to Sackville Street."

Acting Ch Supt Griffin described the club as the "nucleus" of the violence, and urged the panel to consider shutting it down because there was a "strong possibility that there will be reprisals against not only other customers/witnesses but also staff".

The three stab victims have all since been released from hospital, the report says, while officers have identified seven people they would like to speak to.

Six nearby businesses have also written to the panel, backing the police's call for the club to be shut down.

They complain of regularly finding "blood splattering on windows and walls" and damage to their properties, and say the fear of violence is driving customers away from the area.

The papers reveal that the authorities have since made several attempts to contact Mr Neal, which were unsuccessful.

The T&A also could not reach Mr Neal today, but last year he said his club was "not here to spread violence".

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