A Vietnamese bar in Birmingham has been shut down over fears it was being used for “serious crime”.
West Midlands Police successfully lobbied the city council to revoke a licence covering Anjo in Chinatown after a man was stabbed at the venue last month.
Officers who searched the premises found a number of weapons, including a baton, lump hammer and several knives.
They also recovered a bag containing a large number of tablets and small deals of white powder, believed to be class A drugs. Councillors were told police were treating the attack at the club, which was owned and frequented by members of the Vietnamese community, as attempted murder.
Pc Abdool Rohomon, police licensing officer, asked to have its drinks and entertainment licence taken away because he believed the premises were “associated with serious crime”.
The hearing before the authority’s licensing sub committee was behind closed doors as Pc Rohomon said to discuss it in public could prejudice the police investigation into the stabbing.
A report to councillors said the application followed an incident on October 18 when a police CCTV operator saw a fight which had spilled out from the premises in Essex Street.
Captured on camera was a brawl involving two men which showed one of them attacking the other with a knife.
PC Rohomon’s report said the two men ran back inside the club and came out a couple of minutes later accompanied by others.
The alleged victim was covered in blood and was bundled into a private hire vehicle which was flagged down in the street. The alleged offender was also said to have left in another private hire vehicle.
Police sent to the scene flagged down two taxis, arrested one man and took the other to hospital, where he was treated for life-threatening injuries.
Pc Rohomon’s report said no-one from Anjo dialled 999, no door staff were on duty and workers later denied an incident had taken place and claimed the CCTV was not working.
Councillors agreed to the police’s request to have the licence removed until further notice which means it has to shut down. No-one from Anjo could be contacted for comment.