Former 'organised crime' pub in Wolverhampton set to be turned into flats

A troubled former Wolverhampton pub with a history of serious crime dating back more than 20 years will be turned into a food store and apartment block, if plans get the go-ahead.

The former Talisman pub was burned down in May last year
The former Talisman pub was burned down in May last year

The Talisman, in the Scotlands area of the city, has been a hotbed of criminal activity for decades, with a fatal shooting taking place on the car park in 2001, regular major police raids and repeated incidents of public disorder.

In 2018 a gang was rumbled running a massive drugs empire from the premises, which led to the arrest and conviction of six people.

It was later revealed deals worth up to £10,000 had been taking place since 2016, alongside a cocaine courier service running to other parts of the city from the pub.

The Talisman before it burned down

A search of the property also uncovered a hoard of stolen power tools which were being sold on by one of the gang members.

Another raid on the pub yielded a huge stash of cannabis and equipment and facilities for growing the drug.

Regulars launched a campaign to save the pub in 2016 but it finally closed permanently in December 2018 – the second time the venue had been shut down in two years.

Inside the pub after the arson attack

In May last year a severe blaze – believed to be arson – gutted a large part of the pub, which had remained boarded up since its closure.

City council planners this week received an application from Mr Pal Sanghera of Dudley-based SEP Properties Ltd, who is seeking to redevelop the premises into a Heron food store with 18 residential apartments above.

Planning officials are yet to make a decision on the proposals.

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