West Kirby bar shut by council following attack
A MERSEYSIDE bar is set to shut permanently according to its owner after a man was seriously injured outside it.
The 34-year-old victim was found with serious head injuries outside Mojo’s on Dee Lane in West Kirby during the early hours of Sunday.
Today police said he remained in a “critical but stable” condition in hospital and Paul Feely, 36, of Low Wood Grove in Wirral, has been charged with unlawful wounding.
Following the attack Merseyside Police licensing officers called for a urgent review of the bar’s licence.
At Wallasey town hall the press and public were excluded from the licensing committee meeting, but in a statement bar owner Julian Lea said they had upheld their obligations under licensing laws and could not be held responsible for incidents outside it.
Although police would not comment about their evidence to the committee due to ongoing investigations, Mr Lea accepted there had been several other incidents since November 18, but insisted they had either occurred outside the bar or had been dealt with responsibly.
Mr Lea also told the committee that if they shut Mojo’s at such a critical time of year the business would not survive, with the loss of jobs for 10 staff and three doormen.
However, chairman of the committee Cllr John Salter said due to previous incidents police had been reviewing the bar’s licence before the latest attack, and councillors were “satisfied that the four incidents referred to in the application made by the police amounted to serious crime and disorder”.
He said solutions offered by the licence holder for the bar were not sufficient and suspended the licence with immediate effect, pending a further review in January.
However, following the hearing Mr Lea said the decision meant Mojo’s “will not open again”, and added: “We are quite decent people and have always tried to work with the statutory authorities, but unfortunately they have not wanted to work with us.”
He said the decision to shut Mojo’s is also likely to have an impact on other businesses such as restaurants in West Kirby.