Licence suspended at Russian bar Relax as men evicted from west Hull premises
THE men who ran a trouble-hit late-night Russian bar in central Hull have been evicted from the premises.
The move was revealed as councillors voted unanimously to suspend the premises licence of the Relax bar in Spring Bank for three months after police applied for a review.
An interim order to strip Jurijs Tuziks of his position as designated premises supervisor was also made permanent.
The review was triggered after a 32-year-old man suffered a fractured skull in an attack inside or close to the bar on New Year's Eve.
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It followed a fight between Russian and Polish men inside the bar earlier that night.
Speaking at a council licensing sub-committee, Humberside Police solicitor Paddy Whur described the New Year's Eve assault as a "very serious incident".
He said: "The victim was left in a drug-induced coma as a result of a fractured skull."
Mr Whur said police had gathered evidence of "significant crime and disorder" at the bar on most weekends during the early morning hours.
He said: "Worryingly, none of it was being reported to the police by the company operating the premises."
After officers from the police licensing team submitted an application to review the bar's licence, they also took steps to temporarily remove Mr Tuziks' designation as bar supervisor.
No details of other assaults at the bar were made public at the hearing.
Instead, the sub-committee heard that police officers worked with the owners of the building who had leased the bar to Mr Tuziks and his associates.
Mr Whur said: "That lease has been terminated and the tenants have been removed from the premises."
He said the building's owners, Kensington Holdings, had co-operated closely with the police during the licence review process after also being kept in the dark over the violence.
Paul Holland, representing Kensington Holdings, said: "The company held the freehold but had no day-to-day knowledge of what was happening with this premises. The matters were not brought to the company's attention until the application for a review was made."
Mr Holland said the firm owned several licenses premises in Hull which were operated separately by tenants without any trouble.
He said the company agreed there were "ample grounds" for the review.
The three-man sub-committee unanimously agreed to suspend the bar's licence for three months and ban Mr Tuziks from his position as designated premises supervisor.
They also agreed that any future licence should include extra conditions covering the employment of a minimum of four door supervisors after 11pm and the submission of a written dispersal policy for dealing with customers leaving the bar late at night, with a limit of ten people allowed outside at any one time.