Bounc­ers in club at­tack sus­pended


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By PHIL BRIT­TON

THE se­cu­rity in­dus­try watch­dog has sus­pended the li­cences of eight bounc­ers in­volved in an at­tack on two teenagers out­side Fac­tory night­club in Manch­ester.

It means they can­not legally work on any doors within the li­cens­able sec­tor, the Se­cu­rity In­dus­try Au­thor­ity said.

The SIA, the body re­spon­si­ble for reg­u­lat­ing the pri­vate se­cu­rity in­dus­try, said the sus­pen­sion would be in place ‘pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries,’ and added that it was work­ing with po­lice.

The night­club - also known as FAC251 - has been closed since the in­ci­dent in the early hours of Sun­day.

And on Wed­nes­day, the Princess Street venue was tem­po­rar­ily stripped of its li­cence while a full re­view is car­ried out.

The emer­gency li­cens­ing meet­ing held by the coun­cil fol­lowed the emer­gence of video footage show­ing bounc­ers throw­ing punches as two 18-year-olds - St He­lens academy rugby league player Joe Shar­ratt and Manch­ester Univer­sity stu­dent Leon Cooper - were at­tacked.

Re­quest­ing the sus­pen­sion, po­lice told the meet­ing of the coun­cil’s li­cenc­ing com­mit­tee that it had ‘ex­treme con­cerns’ about the level of vi­o­lence used in the at­tack. The sus­pen­sion was not chal­lenged by Fac­tory.

In a state­ment to the M.E.N. the Se­cu­rity In­dus­try Au­thor­ity said: “Vi­o­lent con­duct is un­ac­cept­able. We are work­ing with the po­lice to as­sist them with their on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion. ”We sus­pended the li­cences of the eight door su­per­vi­sors in­volved in the in­ci­dent. They can­not legally work in any li­cens­able sec­tor pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries. “Pro­tect­ing the pub­lic is our pri­or­ity and com­bat­ing vi­o­lence in the night­time econ­omy is an im­por­tant part of this. All door su­per­vi­sors are trained in con­flict man­age­ment and on how to re­duce the risk of sit­u­a­tions es­ca­lat­ing. “Door su­per­vi­sion li­cence hold­ers are also re­quired to take manda­tory train­ing in phys­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion, which em­pha­sises the use of safe tech­niques. It also states that phys­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion should be used as a last re­sort, and that the use of strikes is high risk and should be avoided.” Mr Shar­ratt, said to have suf­fered a bleed on the brain, was shown on the footage be­ing punched to the floor be­fore a vol­ley of suc­ces­sive blows are thrown at his friend, Mr Cooper, who is said to have suf­fered bruis­ing and swelling to his head and body. St He­lens said Mr Shar­ratt was ‘re­cov­er­ing well.’ Fac­tory has parted com­pany with its third party se­cu­rity con­trac­tor. Pro­fes­sional Se­cu­rity mean­while, the firm which pro­vided the bounc­ers, said all eight men have been dis­missed. Se­cu­rity In­dus­try Au­thor­ity

The Fac­tory on Princess Street

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