A NIGHTCLUB which had its licence revoked after the death of a 24-year-old man in November is set to host a late-night event this weekend.

A temporary event notice has been submitted for the former Bijou nightclub, in Chapel Lane, Bingley.

The club recently hit headlines when its licence was revoked following the death of 24-year-old James Etherington.

West Yorkshire Police made a rare application in December last year to temporarily suspend the nightclub ahead of a full review hearing.

The move followed an incident on November 25 when Mr Etherington was assaulted - and subsequently died from his injuries ten days later. Three men aged 23, 30 and 31, who were arrested in connection with the incident have since been released under investigation.

Speaking at the summary review, held by the Bradford District Licensing Panel in January, PC Kevin Lord said since 2015 there had been a number of incidents investigated at the nightclub including assaults, excessive noise, thefts and out of hours and underage drinking.

However, he said there had been a number of malicious complaints about the premises, that many crime and disorder reports were not solely down to Bijou.

He also said that Rory Procter, the licence holder of the Bijou, had co-operated fully with police and worked to resolve the issues.

The club has stood empty since then, but concerns have now been raised after a temporary licence – for 9pm this Saturday until 4.30am on Sunday – was lodged with Bradford Council for the venue under the name of 11a.

The event, billed as a ‘Danny T Take Over @ 11a’ is being advertised on social media, but the move has been met with anger and a number of people have responded to a Facebook post from Bingley Town Council regarding the application.

One person wrote: “Many of us have to walk by that building daily and trust me, it leaves a very bitter taste. I don’t know of one single Bingley community member that is for it. Surely that tells you something?”

A Facebook post from Mr Procter, seen by the Telegraph & Argus, denies his involvement.

It says: “Just for those who are interested to know, Bijou is NOT reopening, I am not opening it as a new venue, for info: the building lease is in a new co name (s h bars) which I am named on, unfortunately I have to be legally for a transfer/sub of lease.

“It’s a holding company for the lease, that’s it, the lease is subbed to another company (11a) I do not own or run that company.”

The post also says: “Of course James has never been forgotten, and he never will be, he was a good lad and as it happens enjoyed coming down regularly.”

Speaking yesterday, a Bradford Council spokesperson said: “A temporary event notice was received by Bradford Council on May 10 for the former Bijou Nightclub at Chapel Lane, Bingley.

“The event is due to last from 9pm Saturday, May 19. to 4.30am on Sunday, May 20, and includes the sale of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and late night refreshment.

“As this is a late temporary event notice, Bradford Council does not have the statutory powers to make a decision whether or not it can go ahead.

“Only the environmental health service or the police can object on limited grounds to the Notice and the deadline for them to make their objections is today. If no objection is received, Bradford Council has no power to prevent the event taking place.

“We recognise the sensitivity surrounding this application and the distress it may cause to the local community but with such notices, the licensing authority’s powers are very limited.

“The name and address of the person giving the notice is not available to the public and the normal procedures of consultation and publication of licence applications before decisions are made does not apply with temporary event notices.”

lThe spokesperson for Bradford Council confirmed that no objections from either police or the Environmental Health Service had been received by the deadline.