Infamous UK 'murder bar' is looking to reopen despite concern from police
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A infamous bar in the West Midlands that has become known for drunk and disorderly behaviour is looking to reopen just months after being shut down.
The Seven Bar in Wednesbury, Sandwell was forced to close its doors in June after the police revealed its violent history.
West Midlands Police reportedly had to go to the venue on 26 separate occasions over a 12 month period.
Many customers said that mass brawls and fights were extremely common at the bar.
Some of the incidents that were reportedly recorded by the police included one man being jailed after crashing his car into people outside, customers biting other people, and another person getting smashed in the head with a hammer.
At a license hearing, it was also alleged that the pub had continued to serve people while a man was slumped on the bar after being stabbed.
At the hearing, Andrew Evans, a representative for West Midland Police said: "This premises has over the last year or so been operated in such a way as to seriously and consistently undermine the licensing objectives.
"The police are extremely concerned. If it’s allowed to reopen on any terms, similar problems will reoccur and people will get hurt or worse."
However, there might be a possibility for the venue to open its doors once again, as an application has been filed by Anthony Edward Melia.
If the bar is allowed to reopen, it plans to serve until 2.00am on Fridays and Saturdays, with a midnight closing time to be implemented for the rest of the week, Daily Star reports.
The new owner also said that there will be various new conditions to the venue, such as a new CCTV system and stricter rules to be enforced on refusal registers.
West Midlands Police have since released a statement objecting to the reopening of the controversial bar.
It reads: "The application is limited in addressing the serious concerns about this venue or offering anything to address how it will prevent a recurrence of the previous serious incidents.
"West Midlands Police have no confidence that the re-opening of this venue will promote the licensing objectives and contests that it will seriously undermine the prevention of crime and disorder objectives within the Act."
However, it won't be long until we find out if the Seven will be able to open its doors again, as a decision will be made on its future by Sandwell Council’s licensing sub-committee in a meeting on 7 October.