Cleethorpes Pier will remain closed 'indefinitely' after catalogue of crime
CLEETHORPES’ iconic Pier will remain closed indefinitely after bosses surrendered their licence to run the landmark venue.
The search is now on to find a new licensee willing to take over the venue following a catalogue of serious crime and disorder.
With just days to go before another official review into its operation, co-director Steve Calladine spoke exclusively to the Grimsby Telegraph about his and fellow director Stephen Grevitt’s decision to pull out.
As reported, on September 2, the venue was closed for 28 days after two men leapt from the end of The Pier – one breaking both of his legs – to escape pursuers after an altercation at the venue in the early hours of August 29.
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On Friday, September 16, North East Lincolnshire Council’s licensing sub-committee heard an appeal against the closure and declined it.
A full licensing review was due to take place on Tuesday but now the bosses have decided to surrender their licence instead.
Speaking after pulling out of the venue, Mr Calladine heavily criticised police and council licensing officers who he claims did not offer enough support to turn the venue’s fortunes around.
However, a 130-page damming dossier prepared ahead of the now-cancelled licensing committee, reveals a catalogue of serious crime and disorder.
According to the document, the incident over the bank holiday weekend, which led to the temporary closure, was the final straw.
A log lists the following reports made to police about the venue:
April 17: A man is attacked and knocked unconscious receiving two fractures to his jaw after an ongoing fight involving 10-20 people.
June 17: Two were arrested for grievous bodily harm after a male was knocked unconscious. Police had to call for back-up due to the number of people involved.
July 24: A man was hospitalised after being hit over the head with a chair.
A mum alleged her son was beaten up and went to hospital with potential head injuries.
A mum alleged her son was repeatedly kicked and punched until unconscious, sustaining cuts to his face and a broken jaw requiring an operation.
There have also been a string of noise complaints since the management took over in November, which resulted in another licence review.
As reported, the venue is owned by businessman Bryn Isley who is not involved in the running of the club.
Local residents and tourists complained of a bass thud that could be heard from as far away as the Kingsway Hotel and a number of conditions were placed on the venue’s licence on June 23 this year.
Manager Mr Calladine said: “I admit the incident over bank holiday was very serious but we put in place procedures – on advice from the police – to make sure it did not happen again.
“We did everything they asked yet they still rejected our appeal. We have now surrendered the licence because we know that whatever we do, it will not be enough.”
But chair of the licensing authority, Councillor Cliff Barber, said he believes there could have been an “amicable resolution”.
“It has surprised me that they have opted out of the hearing just a few days before it is due,” he added.
See next week’s Grimsby Telegraph when the licensing bosses involved in the case will reveal all about The Pier’s troubled history and also for more of Mr Calledine’s criticisms over the way police and council workers dealt with concerns.