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Assaults prompt licence review of Bailey's bar in Northamptonshire

A spate of aggressive incidents which included a mass brawl and assaults with glass bottles has prompted a licence review of a Northamptonshire pub.

The future of Bailey's on Cambridge Street, Wellingborough, will be decided at a licensing meeting on Friday.

Police have called for representatives of Oak Tavern Ltd, which runs the pub, to make changes including appointing a new supervisor.

A spokesperson for the company said some changes had been made.

The review of the pub's licence was requested by police in December 2011 after they responded to a number of incidents throughout the year.

In the report the pub's supervisors were criticised for their attitude towards the police.

One large fight in the garden area in September 2011 left two of the pub's staff injured- one with a glass bottle, but police said staff would not help their investigation.

The report reads: "The injured staff refused to pursue any formal complaint or assist with police enquiries."

In October a man was followed from the bar and assaulted, and in November one PC recommended the pub close temporarily after finding that the then supervisors had failed to hire licensed door staff, did not have CCTV in operation and did not have a fire alarm that worked.

The police statement added: "Bailey's has historically been a pub that attracts undesirable characters."

Simon Collinson of Oak Tavern Ltd, which owns a chain of pubs including Bailey's, said that many changes had been implemented, including a new supervisor and safety measures.

He said: "We have appointed a new supervisor who is much more experienced, we have door staff and we are charging for entry on some evenings.

"It has been one of our more problematic pubs but we are hoping for a turn around."

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