Infamous Leeds pub could keep its licence despite mass brawls

By Emily Sutherland

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The pub pledge to make a series of changes, including a £100,000 revamp
The pub pledge to make a series of changes, including a £100,000 revamp

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West Yorkshire Police have welcomed a range of changes at the infamous Aviator pub in Leeds, Yeadon, where a mass brawl involving glasses being used as weapons broke out earlier this year.

Police requested a review of the licence after becoming concerned that the increasing number and frequency of violent incidents at the premises could result in a fatality.

Sergeant Dave Shaw, of Leeds District Licensing, said: “We are pleased with the licensing panel’s decision which means that the re-opening of the premises in May is subject to a range of additional and amended conditions. These include not selling alcohol after 11pm on any night of the week, door staff being employed every Friday and Saturday night, a more food-led focus, the replacement of the entire management team, a comprehensive refurbishment and a change of name.

 “This represents a very positive move towards a more controlled environment and a safer place for local people to enjoy.Our ultimate aim in applying for the review of the licence was to promote a safer venue for the public and to ensure a substantial reduction in incidents of crime and disorder and we feel that this decision will achieve that.”

Speaking at a Leeds City Council subcommittee hearing, a representative for the pub said the venue would be completely ‘reinvented’ and would be ‘much better than seeing this pub boarded up.’

In a report submitted to Leeds City Council, the force said a large scale fight broke out at the venue and people were having their heads repeatedly stamped on.

“A summary review is requested due to the serious nature of incidents occurring, an increase in frequency in the serious incidents and a failure to ensure that all the agreements are being carried out.

"Due to the latest disorder incident, only six weeks after the last, West Yorkshire Police have real concerns that should another serious incident occur, any injuries could potentially be fatal.”

During a previous incident at the premises police discovered 10 to 20 people, including the temporary manager, fighting in the street outside the pub.

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