"Britain's Roughest Pub" Avoids Closure - But Must Operate Under Shorter Opening Hours

A pub described as the roughest in Britain has narrowly avoided being shut down, but will have to continue under strictly limited opening hours.

The Wilsons Arms in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, had been threatened with closure after a spate of violent incidents including slashings, mass brawls and the landlady getting hit with a pool cue.

There was also another incident in which a man threw a brick onto his own head and attempted to set himself on fire after seeing his girlfriend talking to another man, reports the Mirror.

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"The licensee has demonstrated that she is no longer in control of the bar," said West Yorkshire Police in a statement to Kirklees Council in Huddersfield. "The pub only opens Friday and Saturday night and has become a pseudo night club without the correct measures in place for such trade."

The pub will now only be open until 2am, having previously stayed open until 4:30am, and will be mandated to maintain security until 3am, an hour after closing.

The pub had built a reputation as a late-licence venue, but had failed to deal with the rise in drunkenness and violence that that often entails.


"We are open to all at the Wilsons Arms. We don't want undesirables or troublemakers," landlady Emma Buckley, 33, told the Mirror.

"I am going to change things. Shutting at midnight would have crippled us. I'm happy with the compromise."

Neighbours had long complained about violence and antisocial behaviour in the pub.

"Police pull up outside the pub and on my side of the road a hell of a lot, to deal with the pub. The pub is rough as anything," Craig Moorhouse, who lives across the road from the Wilsons Arms, told the paper.

"It's bloody awful. I would say it is the roughest pub I know," added Mark Winfield, who claims to have slept with earplugs for the last ten years as a result of living close to the pub.

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Mike Wood

Mike Meehall Wood is a freelance journalist and translator. He writes for LADbible, VICE and countless sports publications, focusing on rugby league, football and boxing. He is a graduate of Leeds University and maintains a fizzy pop obsession. Contact Mike at [email protected]

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