Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds Gatecrasher club licence revoked after violence

Major Leeds nightclub Gatecrasher has had its licence revoked after a spate of violent incidents including a stabbing.

Police applied to Leeds City Council to revoke the licence after an under-age drinker was stabbed at the venue in New Briggate last month.

Officers said the club had been "a hub for violence and disorder".

Gatecrasher managers have appealed against the council's decision and will continue to trade.

The club, which opened in 2005, was forced to close for a week last month following the stabbing.

Safety is 'paramount'

Police said they feared there was a "lack of control" at the club and someone could be killed if it was allowed to continue.

Acting Ch Insp Sue Jenkinson said: "Our first priority is always to ensure the safety of the public, and although the last thing we would want to do is harm our city's night-time economy by closing any premises down we will always work to put a stop to violent crime and its causes."

The club admitted its We Play Vinyl events on Friday nights had attracted "a minority of undesirable elements", leading to an increase in crime, but said these events had now been cancelled.

Managers said staff had been retrained and new safety measures installed.

They added that safety and security were "of paramount importance".

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