West Yorkshire Police are objecting to plans to hold a charity boxing night in Bramley for children’s cancer charity Candlelighters.
The Villagers Community Club in Broad Lane wants to host the event, which includes five boxing matches and a comedian, music and raffle, on Friday 18th November. The application includes permission to serve alcohol until 11pm.
Tickets have been priced at £10 and all 350 have been sold for the ticket-only event.
But police have objected to an application for a temporary event notice on the grounds of crime and disorder. Their concerns will be heard at a Leeds City Council licensing sub-committee meeting on Tuesday, 15 November.
Cat Sanderson, licensing officer for West Yorkshire Police, says in her objection there had been previous incidents of disorder at boxing matches held at the club. She added:
“On Friday 28th October 2016 the latest boxing event was held. Reports were received … that there was fighting at the venue; six people had been reported as fighting and it had spilled onto the road.
“The PLH (premises licence holder) admitted that local people had attended the event and the door staff company used for that
event were not effective that evening.
“The venue also suffers with other issues whilst operating under the premises licence rather than a TEN (temporary licence notice),with youths causing disorder problems and are currently working with West Yorkshire Police to address these problems.”
Organiser Paul Owen says in his application that no glassware will be allowed outside of the club and door supervisors will be positioned to prevent this.
He said six SIA-registered door staff will be employed from security firm Pro-tech, with whom he had had nor previous issues. Car park staff would also be employed to help with crowd dispersal after the event.
No persons aged under 22 will be admitted to the event and Mr Owen said all bags will be searched.
The licensing sub-committee will decide the application on Tuesday at 10am. The meeting is open to the public.