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Thursday, 4 January 2018

Bijou nightclub told it cannot reopen following death of James Etherington

Bijou nightclub told it cannot reopen following death of James Etherington
Bijou nightclub told it cannot reopen following death of James Etherington


Bijou nightclub told it cannot reopen following death of James Etherington

A BINGLEY cocktail bar and nightclub which is at the centre of an ongoing murder investigation is to remain closed after its licence was revoked on Wednesday.

West Yorkshire Police had made a rare application in December to temporarily suspend Bijou nightclub, in Chapel Lane, ahead of a full review hearing. The move followed an incident on November 25 when James Etherington, 24, was assaulted - and subsequently died from his injuries ten days later.

At the summary review held by Bradford District Licensing Panel, members heard from the police, interested parties and the licence holder.


Speaking on behalf of the police, PC Kevin Lord, Bradford District Licensing Officer, said since 2015 there had been a number of incidents investigated at the nightclub including assaults, excessive noise, thefts and out of hours and underage drinking.

There had also been reports of drug taking in the vicinity.

PC Lord said in 2015 there had been 14 offences investigated. In 2016 the numbers grew to 24 offences and in 2017 they totalled 20.

"Of those 20 last year, 14 were assaults, five had occurred inside Bijou, eight had occurred outside and one was not clear. Thirteen of these (65 per cent) occurred between midnight and 3.31am."

PC Lord said Rory Proctor, the licence holder of Bijou, had co-operated fully with the police and worked to resolve the issues.




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