Bar’s licence suspended following Soliola “assault”

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A TOWN centre bar has had its licence suspended with immediate effect following an assault which left Saints star Sia Soliola nursing “serious facial injuries”.

St Helens Council’s Licensing Sub Committee has suspended the premises licence - which allows the sale of alcohol and entertainment - at the Imperial Bar on Ormskirk Street.

A full review hearing is planned for April 11.

An application for a summary review of the licence was submitted by Merseyside Police on Wednesday, March 14, following an assault on Sia Soliola in the early hours of March 12.

The application was made on the basis that the premises were associated with serious violent crime and disorder.

The police submitted details of various incidents of violence and public order issues related to the venue since October 2010.

Speaking immediately after the meeting, Councillor Terry Shields, chair of the sub committee, said: “The sub committee were extremely concerned about the number of incidents associated with the premises since 2010, which have now been brought to our attention by the police through this summary review application.

“We also have serious concerns about the management’s ability to operate the premises in accordance with the licensing objectives.”

The sub committee also resolved to remove the Designated Premises Supervisor - who authorises alcohol sales and is responsible for day to day management of the premises - from the licence.

The licence will remain suspended until the full review hearing on April 11, though the licence holder does have an opportunity in the meantime to make representations against these interim steps.

* Police arrested and bailed three men on suspicion of assault and violent disorder following the March 12 incident.