Future of Padiham pub at centre of 50-man street brawl in doubt

The New Black Bull in Padiham.'Photo Ben Parsons
The New Black Bull in Padiham.'Photo Ben Parsons

A PADIHAM pub which was the scene of a 50-man street brawl will see a final decision made on its future.

Police called for a review of the New Black Bull’s licence over concerns about escalating violence following 27 incidents this year.

Officers said between 40 and 50 men were fighting outside the Mill Street pub in July, with glasses and bottles thrown. A Padiham grandad suffered life-threatening injuries when a fight broke out in September. Ivan Sharples (49) was left in a coma with a fractured skull after his head was stamped on and kicked during the fracas. He remains in hospital.

Licensing officer Mark Driver said, when up to 50 people had been fighting outside, the manager had been unable to control their behaviour inside and decided to close the premises “and leave them outside for someone else to deal with”. He added: “This caused problems around Padiham centre as officers struggled to control their dispersal until the arrival of assistance.”

Police said no contact could be made with anybody in the premises – despite people still visible inside.

Management had vowed to stamp out trouble after numerous calls to police to throw out drinkers who refused to leave.

But police said they were left with no option but to call for a licence review after the latest pub fight.

PC Driver said: “The police have tried to work with all concerned to alleviate problems and have suggested the use of door supervisors to help with control of the premises. The continued problems and escalation of violence shows a lack of control over the premises which has totally undermined the licensing objectives.”

The conditions of the pub’s licence will be reviewed at a Burnley Council Licensing Sub-Committee hearing at Burnley Town Hall next Thursday.