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Owners close nightclub at centre of 'violent feud'
8:32am Thursday 26th June 2014 in News
A NIGHTCLUB in Bradford described by police as the "nucleus" of a violent feud has closed voluntarily.
The police had called for the licence of Club C's in Sackville Street to be urgently reviewed after three men were stabbed, saying they feared retaliation attacks.
But the licensee, Neal Allen, surrendered the licence a day before the crucial review meeting yesterday where its future would have been decided.
The club's licence had been suspended ahead of the licensing review at City Hall after 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.
Six nearby businesses had also written to the panel, saying the club was attracting violence.
Licensing manager Tracy McLuckie told the panel: "Yesterday, I received a notification of surrender of the licence from the licence holder of Club C's.
"The full review will not now proceed, because the licence has been surrendered."
After the hearing, PC Su Dawson, the police licensing officer for the Bradford district, said: "The licence holder was served evidence by the police last week and has subsequently surrendered their licence prior to the hearing taking place.
"Police and partners are committed to ensuring the safety of the public in Bradford, and we expect those who run licensed premises to comply with their terms and conditions."
But speaking to the Telegraph & Argus, Mr Allen said the decision to close the club had not been prompted by the licence review.
He said the team behind the club had just decided the time was right to bring it to an end, and that "the police and the council had no input" in its closure.
He said: " We were ready to move forward and the end of Club C's was on the agenda in a few months. The timing was perfect to close."
Mr Allen was also adamant that there had not been any violence inside his club.
He said: "All nationalities got along inside our club at all times."
The premises are now up for sale.