Lancaster bar closed

Swank, Penny Street Lancaster.
Swank, Penny Street Lancaster.

A CITY licensee this week apologised after his bar was closed by councillors for 28 days following incidents including violent assaults and abusive behaviour towards staff at a rival pub.

Daniel Binnie admitted that mistakes had been made at Swank, on Penny Street, which was last week shut by Lancaster City Council’s licensing committee after an application by police.

The request followed two separate violent incidents in December in which a man was kicked unconscious outside the premises and another man had his jaw broken while he was in the bar’s toilets.

Police said they had been called to 30 incidents at the bar over the past 12 months. Nine related to anti-social behaviour, five related to assaults and one related to a drugs offence after which a 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs.

Loud music disturbed customers and staff two doors down at The Brown Cow. Guests at the Travelodge on Spring Garden Street received refunds from the management after complaining they could not sleep.

See the Lancaster Guardian (12-01-12) for full story.