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Bar Risa's Broad Street booze licence under review

2014-11-28 22:44:43

Bar Risa
Bar Risa on Broad Street

Police have ordered an urgent licence review of a controversial Birmingham bar after a man had his throat cut.

A hearing into the future of Bar Risa in Broad Street will take place on Monday in the wake of a brawl in which a man was knifed early on November 9.

Officers initially arrested the bare-chested man who had been kicked out and was drenched in blood.

But they were said to have been quickly "overwhelmed" by a number of men who were also kicked out and continued fighting in the street.

In a letter to licencing chiefs at Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Policeclaimed a Stanley knife had been found inside but no medical treatment had been given to the injured man.

The crime scene was also said to have been cleaned up when officers returned to investigate.

Bar Risa previously made headlines when it was forced by police to host EDL supporters attending rallies in Birmingham city centre last year and again last month.

The venue was also forced to apologise for a "huge error of judgement" after it agreed to host an Ebola-themed Halloween party.

Bar Risa
Risa on Broad Street, Birmingham, held an Ebola Halloween Party

A letter from Supt Richard Baker said: "A male was ejected who is not wearing any shirt but his upper torso is completely covered in blood.

"The officers discovered the blood had come from a wound that ran from his left ear to down under his chin.

"Further ejections were made by door staff which led to further disorder outside.

"The officers outside became overwhelmed and had to request for assistance.

"Up to this point officers had only been told a fight had happened and nothing further.

"Officers re-attend the premises.

"When they go upstairs where the disorder had taken place they see that the scene is being cleaned by staff.

"West Midlands Police have serious concerns about these premises, although they have assisted in obtaining CCTV.

"There is evidence that either glass was used or the knife, which was later found.

"The injured male had a serious amount of blood on him, and yet was not given any medical treatment and the crime scene, which could have potential clues, was cleaned away by staff."

A spokesman for Bar Risa said: "We enjoy an excellent working relationship with the police and are taking their concerns over the incident on November 9 extremely seriously.

"As a result, we voluntarily offered to add a number of conditions to our licence, which the police were happy to accept. With these conditions in place, we do not foresee any issues at the hearing on Monday.

“Customer safety is always our top priority and we implement a significant number of measures to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for our customers at this very popular and busy venue.

"We will continue to work with the police, local authorities and local community groups to ensure that we contribute to making Broad Street as safe as possible and a great place to go out."

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