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Bilston's Dog and Partridge loses licence after mass brawl

By Joe Sweeney | Bilston | News | Published: | Last Updated:

A Wolverhampton pub has lost its licence after holding a "family fun day" which escalated into a mass brawl that left several people injured.

The Dog and Partridge in Bilston has lost its licence

Police were called to the Dog and Partridge in Broad Street, Bilston, in the early hours of July 14 – after reports of gunfire and an attack involving a meat cleaver.

A woman, in her 30s, was taken to hospital and treated for head injuries following the incident.

Meanwhile a 36-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of wounding and later released on police bail, pending further enquiries.

West Midlands Police later recovered a number of shell casings on the pub's car park, although no-one reported suffering gunshot wounds.

The pub's licence was suspended in the aftermath of the incident and police officers applied to magistrates for a three-month closure order, which was granted on July 18.

Premises licence holder Mark Coyne gave up his permit on July 26 and council licensing chiefs on Monday revoked the licence completely.

'Adult-themed pool party'

Wolverhampton Council's statutory licensing sub-committee heard that the fun day was more of an adult-themed pool party, with noise levels exceeding 70 decibels.

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Previous events at the pub had also attracted complaints of noise from neighbours.

There were also reports of bottles being thrown outside the pub, people urinating on nearby properties and general disturbances that had led to residents fearing for their safety during the July event.

Senior environmental health officer, Andy Johnston, said: “This is one of the worst noise complaints I have had to deal with. It has been ongoing before escalating.

“A lot of people have been scared to complain because of the some of the clientèle who were frequenting it.”

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The licensing sub-committee also received a late submission from Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden, which said: “I have been contacted by a number of local residents who do not want a suspension of the licence, but they want it to be withdrawn and I support them in this request.”

Sub-committee chairman Councillor Alan Bolshaw said: “We have seen overwhelming evidence of numerous disturbances and it’s our decision that the licence should be revoked and fresh interim steps be imposed.”

He added that an appeal could be made through magistrates within 21 days of the notice being served. None of the previous premises licence holders attended the hearing.

Joe Sweeney

By Joe Sweeney
@JoeSweeneyLDR

Local Democracy Reporter covering Wolverhampton.

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