A WHITEFIELD bar has had its licence revoked after police claimed it was controlled by a convicted drug dealer whose brother was stabbed on the premises.
Bury Council suspended Alt House’s licence in February when police presented a hard-hitting report about it being associated with serious and violent crime.
In the new report released last week, Greater Manchester Police claim David Warrender, who has previous convictions for drug dealing and money laundering, is in control of the bar.
His brother, Daniel Warrender was the victim of a stabbing at the bar on New Year’s Eve.
The GMP report claims “there is a risk attached to the Alt House by virtue of Warrender’s connection”.
In the report it states: “Greater Manchester Police are aware that the person in control of the premises is in fact David Warrender.
“Warrender has previous convictions for dealing Class B drugs and money laundering.
“He is subject to an outstanding confiscation order in relation to previous convictions where he was found to have benefitted financially from his involvement in serious crime.
“That order has not been complied with.
”On New Year’s Eve there was a Section 18 Assault at the premises whereby a male named Daniel Warrender, the brother of David Warrender was stabbed several times, he sustained serious injuries as a result of that attack.
“In October, 2016, there was an arson attempt whereby four masked males smashed the windows at the premises, poured petrol within the bar area and set this alight.
“It was a matter of good fortune that the fire failed to ignite properly and a more serious incident didn’t take place.”
The report added that GMP has evidence to suggest that the stabbing is connected to an ongoing dispute.
It added: “There has also been information received that retribution would be sought for the stabbing incident on New Year’s Eve.
“A male associated to the named offenders, who has been detained and charged with this event, has also been attacked by an unknown male with a machete at his home address in front of his child.”
During a licensing hearing last Thursday, councillors agreed to revoke the premises license.
A council spokesman said: “Bury Council’s Licensing Hearings Panel held a full review hearing in respect of Alt House and resolved to revoke the premises licence.
“The elected members also resolved that during the period which the council’s decision may be appealed to the Magistrates Court, that their earlier decision to suspend the premises licence is to remain in force.”