Soliola assault nightclub has its licence suspended

The Imperial Club on Ormskirk Street, St Helens
The Imperial Club on Ormskirk Street, St Helens
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A TOWN centre nightspot has had its licence suspended following an assault on Saints star Sia Soliola.

The Imperial Bar must remain shut for a month following a meeting of St Helens Council’s licensing sub committee last Wednesday (April 11).

In theory, the Ormskirk Street bar could now reopen because bosses have 21 days to appeal against the decision BEFORE the suspension is activated.

However committee chiefs ruled that licence holder Ian Pitts must first provide evidence that a string of strict conditions have been met. Firstly, the designated premises supervisor must be removed from the licence and the existing door security company replaced.

A bouncer must be located at the top of the stairs and at the entrance to the bar at all opening times after 11pm and the new premises supervisor must meet weekly with door staff to discuss the management of the bar.

Committee chiefs also ordered the new premises supervisor to hold three monthly meetings with the police’s licensing unit and stated that no glassware should be taken into the stairwells of the bar. Both Ian Pitts and the police attended last week’s four-hour hearing to give evidence following a police application to shut the bar because of its association with “serious violent crime and disorder”.

The application was sparked following an incident at the bar in the early hours of March 12, which left Saints star Sia Soliola nursing “serious facial injuries”.

As well as verbal evidence from both sides, the sub committee was also asked to consider a large number of letters in support of the bar and Mr Pitts.

* Three bouncers were arrested on suspicion of assault and violent disorder in the early hours of March 12. They were subsequently bailed pending further inquiries.