A REDDITCH nightclub has had its licence revoked, effectively closing it permanently.
West Mercia Police presented a case to Redditch Borough Council’s licensing committee yesterday and members chose to take away the licence.
The action came three months after a temporary closure order was served on The Warwick in Ipsley Street at Redditch Magistrates Court.
The nightclub has been subjected to a series of complaints by residents living nearby for the past 12 months.
And there was an incident of serious disorder there on December 3 when police called to the nightclub. A firearm was discharged and a man was arrested.
The licensing hearing was told staff members had been arming themselves with weapons. In one incident a group were attacked by door staff with a large chain.
Concerns had also been raised around drug taking at the venue and during a search of the premises a meat cleaver, stanley knife, samurai sword and machete were seized.
The hearing found the running of the premises showed a blatant disregard for the safety of staff, patrons and members of the public.
Redditch Safer Neighbourhood Inspector Rich Field welcomed the licensing committee’s ruling.
He said: “Residents living nearby have had to endure anti-social behaviour associated with the venue for a long time and last December were subject to a night of violent disorder.
“We hope this result will provide some respite and improve the quality of life for the local community.
“The local safer neighbourhood team is committed to making the area even safer and I hope this offers some reassurance of the steps we are taking.”