Licence suspended at Sia assault club

The Imperial Bar, Ormskirk Street, St Helens
The Imperial Bar, Ormskirk Street, St Helens

THE shocking scale of violence at the town centre bar where Saints star Sia Soliola was assaulted has been revealed.

Police detailed a string of other worrying incidents at the Imperial Bar on Ormskirk Street after three bouncers were arrested and bailed on suspicion of assault and violent disorder over the Soliola assault.

Witness statements submitted to St Helens Council’s Licensing Sub Committee told how Soliola’s attackers rained punches on him near the club’s entrance before swinging a metal pole and bollard at his face.

Soliola was hospitalised with “serious facial injuries” and subsequently missed Saints’ trip to Bradford on Saturday.

Just four days after the March 12 incident, the council committee suspended the Imperial Bar’s premises licence with immediate effect. A full review hearing is planned for April 11.

Other evidence submitted by the police detailed various incidences of violence and public order issues at the venue since October 2010.

Speaking immediately after the meeting, chair Councillor Terry Shields 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 can make representations against these interim steps.