Closed Dudley pub branded 'most dangerous West Midlands'

A pub named as the most dangerous in the West Midlands by a senior detective will stay closed after having its licence revoked.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Hanson said he knew of no other pub in the West Midlands which posed more of a risk to the public, believing someone would be murdered there had it been allowed to stay open. The Earl of Dudley Arms was shut down by police at the end of December, after the latest violent incident proved to be the final straw.

Officers have been called to the pub more than 60 times during the last two years to deal with a string of attacks including an attempted murder when a man was stabbed three times.

One customer was slashed across the face leaving him with a 12cm gash and another beaten with a pool cue while a punter narrowly avoided being run over on the car park following a dispute, Dudley Council's licensing committing heard.

Police chiefs also said premises licence holder Orville Hines had often hindered investigations of incidents by being unwilling or slow to provide CCTV and statements.

A 23-year-old man was left fighting for his life in May 2014 after being stabbed as violence flared outside the venue. Christopher Perkins underwent emergency surgery and spent five days in hospital after being knifed outside the pub. He suffered a collapsed lung, a cut to his other lung and the sack surrounding his heart was cut.

A nearby business owner, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s been a big problem for everyone in this area and I feel the safety of local people has been put at risk. It’s a relief that this notice has been served.”

The pub sort to close the pub initially after an incident where a man was attacked late last year. A man was badly beaten during an attack during December, which proved to be the final straw for the authorities.

Police said the owners had failed to protect customers by ‘allowing members local gangs to frequent the premises’ when they pushed for the initial closure.


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