The owner of a Birmingham club described by police as an unprecedented source of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour has lodged a fresh application for an all-night drinks licence.
City councillors will tomorrow consider another move to re-open the Garyowen Club, in Small Heath, which has been closed since January 2005.
A previous attempt to obtain a new licence was thrown out at Birmingham Magistrates Court in March, after District Judge Miles McColl sympathised with people living nearby who had to endure an "appalling experience" as a result of disorderly conduct by customers.
If Brendan Joyce, the owner of the club, gets his way the Garyowen will be able to re-open, accommodate up to 1,235 customers, and serve alcohol and stage live music between 7pm and 8am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The application to the c ouncil licensing subcommittee is being opposed by West Midlands Police, on the grounds that crime in the area has fallen significantly since the club's closure and reopening the premises would be an affront to the largely Muslim population in Small Heath.
In a 50-page submission to the sub-committee, senior police officers argue that the quality of life for residents would deteriorate if the club, in Wordsworth Road, was allowed to re-open.
Police carried out several covert surveillance operations during 2004, where they found the club to be in breach of licensing regulations with alcohol being served at 4am. Under-age drinking was commonplace. In 2003 and 2004, when the premises were only open for two nights a week, police were called to 225 incidents at the club and made 46 arrests. More than 100 crimes were recorded during the two-year period.
A Birmingham police chief expressed concern that Mr Joyce had been granted a premises licence by Solihull Council, enabling him to run licensed premises anywhere in the country.
The licence should have been contested on the grounds of Mr Joyce's "unspent criminal convictions", according to Chief Superintendent Steven Rowell.
Chief Supt Rowell added: "On several occasions over the past three years, when police officers have been called to the Garyowen Club, Mr Joyce has been uncooperative.
"He has appeared on a number of occasions to have scant regard for the actions of his door staff who have been accused of using threatening behaviour and assaulting customers, or to many incidents of crime and disorder at the premises.
"Due to the past history of crimes of violence, theft of property and drunkenness on the premises, there is great concern these incidents will continue to occur if the licence is granted."