Seacombe Ferry pub shut after violence flared at 18th birthday party
A MERSEYSIDE pub is closed and up for sale after violence flared outside when an 18th birthday party spiralled out of control.
Police called to break up the brawl at the Seacombe Ferry pub in Wallasey were faced with axe-wielding thugs, smashed glass and underage drinkers causing trouble.
Neighbours watched in horror as at least two young men and a teenage girl were knocked to the ground and punched and kicked in separate attacks.
After the events on January 29 police applied for an immediate closure order to prevent further trouble.
The case came before Wirral council’s sub-licensing committee this week.
Councillors banned future functions for anyone under the age of 21 and imposed six new conditions on the license, after hearing that the designated premises supervisor had quit the business six weeks before without the knowledge of the owners , meaning the pub was operating illegally at the time of the trouble.
The owners Enterprise Inns have now put the pub up for sale.
New managers will have to install CCTV equipment and meet other criteria if they wish to reopen the business.
Wirral licensing sergeant Pete Jenkins said: “By the time the police deployed they were told of 40 to 50 people fighting and a number of people badly injured, a number using sticks as weapons.
“One of the patrols reports seeing a male armed with an axe running along Birkenhead Road.
“Police noticed a number of vehicles had extensive damage, and a taxi was later found with the axe buried through its windscreen.”
Further reports from residents suggested that thugs armed with knives, planks of wood, bottles and glasses were also involved in the fight.
Sgt Jenkins added: “The ambulance service further reported that a male had been beaten to the floor and hit by several people who were stamping on him.
“The informant feared that he had died there was that much blood.”
A 16-year-old girl was found in a drunken state with a serious head injury, and a young man was taken to hospital with a head injury three days after the fight, and needed metal plates inserted into his skull.
Police have tried to investigate but no-one has co-operated with their enquiries. Taxi drivers and neighbours whose cars were damaged also declined to press charges.
A spokeswoman for Enterprise Inns said: “We are working with the local council and the police in pursuit of a suitable resolution.”