Etiquette nightclub has had its licence suspended following a 'mass brawl' which saw tables, bottles and ice buckets hurled across the dance floor in Birmingham.

Members of a Birmingham City Council licensing committee were left 'extremely concerned' after they were shown video footage of the fight breaking out around 2.20am on Monday, which left one man with a serious head injury.

After reviewing evidence from West Midlands Police they criticised the Arcadian-based venue for 'very poor security measures'.

Licensing officer PC Abdool Rohomon argued that the security staff failed to break up the violence and intervene as one man in particular was repeatedly punched and kicked as he lay on the ground a short distance away.

 
Etiquette based in the Arcadian. Google Street View.
Etiquette based in the Arcadian. Google Street View.
Etiquette based in the Arcadian. Google Street View.
Etiquette based in the Arcadian. Google Street View.

Four were injured in total with one victim having to be placed into an induced coma and suffering a bleed on the brain, the committee was told.

The police report stated: "The CCTV shows that at 2.21am a disturbance starts at the bar, which is at the top of the CCTV imagery, this very quickly escalates into what can only be described as a mass brawl, that stops and starts on multiple occasions.

"People are knocked to the floor and then repeatedly kicked to what appears to be the head, more fights continue with other groups, people are seen to be protecting individuals who are being hit with bottles, tables and ice buckets.

"Security are ineffective, three can be seen on the cameras, they cannot pull people off, when they eject people they are just let back in. Innocent people that happen to be sitting on the seats get tangled in the serious disorder as it spirals out of control."

Tempers boil over during melee at Etiquette in the Arcadian, Birmingham
 

Footage also captured evidence of drug taking including one person handing over a nitrous oxide cannister to another person.

The club was not represented at the hearing, although a spokesman had initially said they were working with police to help in their investigation following the incident.

They have been approached for further comment regarding the suspension, with a full review of the licence set to take place next month.

Chairman Cllr Barbara Dring said: "The sub committee determined the causes of the serious crime and serious disorder appear to originate from various patrons of the premises, and very poor security measures which resulted in two injured patrons requiring urgent medical assistance.

"Members were extremely concerned about the lack of care and assistance shown towards the victims, in particular one male who lay unconscious near the stairwell in front of the security staff for a considerable period of time.

"The sub committee felt there was a complete lack of control by the security staff and the premises licence holder, designated premises supervisor over what can only be described as a mass brawl."