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Birmingham's Bar Risa has licence suspended after new brawl

2015-06-01 11:09:55

Bar RisaBirmingham's Bar Risa, in Broad Street

One of Birmingham’s biggest and most popular nightclubs has had its licence suspended after violence erupted between revellers.

West Midlands Police ordered an expedited review of Bar Risa after disorder broke out outside the club at 3am in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Broad Street club’s licence was immediately suspended by Birmingham City Council after an emergency meeting on Friday.

One man was arrested in connection with the disorder, and has been released on police bail. Another man was voluntarily interviewed by officers.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police confirmed that an investigation was in its early stages.

“We were called to Bar Risa at 3am following reports of disorder outside,” he added.

“Due to the circumstances we then applied for an expedited review of the licence with Birmingham City Council.

“The recommendation was for immediate closure.

“Following a hearing later that afternoon the council agreed an immediate suspension of the licence pending a review within 28 days.

“In terms of the disorder, inquiries are ongoing and are in their early stages.”

The popular bar – used by police request to host crowds of EDL members ahead of demonstrations in the past – will now face a review in 28 days.

The latest disorder comes on the back of violent scenes at the club last November when a man had his throat cut inside the club.

Police were said to have been quickly “overwhelmed” when a number of men continued fighting in the street.

West Midlands Police said a Stanley knife was found inside, but no medical treatment had been offered to the injured men.

They also claimed the crime scene had been cleaned up when officers returned to begin investigations.

The bar was forced to comply with 26 strict new licensing conditions after the brawl, including weapon checks on every customer, identity checks and the establishment of a first aid room in the club.

It has also come under fire in the past for hosting a controversial Ebola-themed Halloween party.

The venue was dressed in bio-hazard warning tape at a time when hundreds were dying from the outbreak of the disease in Africa.

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