26th May, 2019

Brawl sees pub facing action

Worcester Editorial 8th May, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A PUB has had its licence suspended following a violent brawl which led to the arrest of three men.

The incident happened in the Bush Inn, St John’s, at about 12.30am last Sunday (April 26).

The men involved, two who were 22-years-old and one aged 24, were treated by West Midlands Ambulance Service for minor injuries.

West Mercia Police applied to have the pub’s licence suspended on Thursday (April 30) when it was decided the designated premises supervisor would be removed.

A full hearing will take place within the next 28 days.

Supt Kevin Purcell, policing commander for South Worcestershire, said: “We very rarely seek immediate reviews under this particular legislation. However due to circumstances of a very serious incident in these premises, the need to protect the public and ensure law and order, on this occasion, it was absolutely the right action to take.

“My staff have a first class relationship with our licensed premises, most of whom are part of the Worcester Against Night-Time Disorder scheme. This scheme run by the pubs and clubs, works closely with the council and police to create a night time economy which is vibrant, safe and enjoyable.

“However I am clear that we will take, whenever required, robust steps to ensure that license premises are safe, even if this means on occasions we need to seek review under the Licensing Act 2003.

“The owners of The Bush Public House are aware of these actions, did not dispute the review and are supportive of West Mercia Police seeking to ensure such an incident is prevented.”

Police are still appealing for witnesses and or anyone who was in the pub on that night or has information is urged to cal the non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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