Farmers Arms pub in Kirkby loses licence after shooting

A pub where a man was shot in the legs last weekend has had its licence suspended by Knowsley Council.

The 29-year-old man was shot in the doorway of The Farmers Arms in Moorfield, Kirkby, on Saturday, in what police suspect was part of a gang feud.

Knowsley Council said it had suspended the licence following this and other violent incidents, pending a review which must be completed by 2 April.

Nobody from the pub wished to comment on the sub-committee's decision.

A 26-year-old man arrested in connection with the shooting has been released on police bail.

'Violent incidents'

The licensing sub-committee members were also informed of a number of other incidents dating back to September 2011.

Both Merseyside Police and the licensee gave evidence to the committee.

Last month a 34-year-old man was shot in the legs at the rear of the pub in what police called a "targeted" shooting.

A council spokesman said: "In light of these violent incidents, the licensing sub-committee felt there was no alternative than to suspend the premises licence until a review is carried out.

"As the licensing authority, our priority at all times is to promote our licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.

"If it is felt that those objectives are not being met and people are being put at risk, the licensing sub-committee will not hesitate in taking appropriate action."

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