JT Mellanby’s in Finkle Street, loses bid to reopen early following assault on man

Selby ‘fight’ pub loses bid to reopen early

Selby ‘fight’ pub loses bid to reopen early

First published in News

A SELBY pub that was shut down after an attack that left a man in critical condition has had its appeal to reopen refused.

A local man in his fifties remains in a critical condition in Hull Royal Infirmary with serious injuries after being assaulted at JT Mellanby’s in Finkle Street, on Tuesday, April 1.

North Yorkshire Police applied to Selby District Council’s licensing sub-committee for an “expedited summary review” and Mellanby’s licence was suspended and the venue shut down ahead of a hearing.

Owners this week submitted an appeal to reopen the pub ahead of the hearing, offering to change the designated premises supervisor, hire door staff on Friday and Saturday nights, and introduce the Peoplesafe system – when only one member of staff was working - effectively a ‘panic button’ for lone workers.

However the sub-committee refused the appeal and the bar must remain closed.

A council spokeswoman said: “In considering whether to lift the suspension, the licensing sub-committee took into account representations made on behalf of the premises licence holder and the views of the police, but felt that the conditions offered by the licence holder were not appropriate to promote the licensing objectives.

“(They) therefore concluded that suspension of the licence was still a necessary interim step pending the full review hearing.”

The Press has previously reported that up to 20 people were fighting at the venue with claims the sole worker did not phone police when asked to do so by a member of the public. A police report also claimed CCTV showed drunk people being served alcohol throughout the evening, and the worker stepped over the unconscious victim while clearing glasses from tables for about 15 minutes.

The owner and licence holder of the venue were unable to be contacted by The Press.

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