Morley’s troubled Slip Inn threatened with closure again after latest incidents

THE future of a notorious Yorkshire pub is in doubt, months after its licence was reinstated.

Leeds City Council’s Licensing Committee revoked the Slip Inn’s licence in March after a review requested by Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team.

After the Morley pub’s owners asked to negotiate the decision with the committee, the licence was reissued after they agreed to strict conditions aimed at stemming reports of everything from brawls to flouting of the smoking ban.

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But alleged drug use, fighting and theft on the premises have led to local police asking for the council’s Licensing Committee to review the Albion Street pub’s licence yet again.

Coun Shirley Varley (Morley Borough Independents, Morley South) said: “The Slip Inn has had a negative impact on the town centre for a considerable time.

“The management at the Slip Inn have been given every opportunity to eradicate this anti-social behaviour and have failed to do so. We fully support the Polices request to have the licence withdrawn.”

A decision on whether the licence should be revoked again will happen the week commencing January 21.

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In a bid to stay open the pub’s owners had agreed to having suitable CCTV in operation, having a supervisor in the public area of the bar between 5pm to closing every Friday and Saturday, asking for proof of age from anyone appearing to be under 25 and stopping bottles and glasses being taken from the premises.

Coun Robert Finnigan (MBI, Morley North) said: “Closure seems to be the only option to resolving these problems permanently.”

Stating that unsavoury incidents are still happening on a frequent basis at the closure-threatened pub, Coun Neil Dawson (Lab, Morley South) said: “This situation creates a negative image of the town centre.”

A spokeswoman for the council said anyone wishing to make a representation about the Slip Inn should email [email protected] before January 4.

No-one from the Slip Inn was available for comment.