D-Day set for Hartlepool bar The Showroom as violence threatens licence

The Showroom, Victoria Road
The Showroom, Victoria Road

A town centre bar could have its licence revoked amid police concerns about the level of violence it has experienced.

Licensing chiefs at Hartlepool Borough Council will review The Showroom’s premises licence later this week after a request from Cleveland Police.

The problem of violent crime continues to reappear

Cleveland Police

Police say the bar, in Victoria Road, regularly attracts violent incidents.

They have included people being knocked unconscious, suffering a broken jaw, teeth being knocked out, a nose broken and fractured skull.

Two people involved in assaults within the bar were only 17, police claim.

The force says it has been left with no alternative but to apply for a review of the licence, saying an action plan agreed with the bar managers last December has not been signed and the problems have continued.

Cleveland Police state in the application: “The premises regularly attracts violent incidents, and the levels of incidents are monitored by police licensing officers.

“Towards the autumn of 2014, the level of incidents began to rise. Meetings were held with the management – however the level of incidents continued.”
 Police said despite the management agreeing an action plan to ease the problems in December it has not been signed.

The force added violent incidents continued over Christmas, New Year, Easter and beyond.

The application added: “While the police acknowledge that the premises is willing to work with the police to rectify the problem, the problem of violent crime continues to reappear.

“The police consider that the premises has been given time, assistance and opportunity to address their issues and improve the current situation.

“Such are the concerns of Cleveland Police that they find no alternative but to make this application for the review of the premises licence.”

Thursday’s Licensing sub committee of the council will consider a number of options open to it.

They range from taking no action and varying the conditions of the licence to suspending or revoking it.

The Showroom’s licence was last called in for review by the council in 2012 because of violence, poor CCTV and insufficient door staff.

The council imposed four more conditions to the licence, including for there to be weekly contact between the bar and police to discuss any issues.

The Showroom owners 1st Leisure Ltd declined to comment.