Pub licence reviewed after stabbing during football match fight

THE LICENCE of a pub which saw a man stabbed in a large fight that broke out when children would have been close by is being reviewed.

Customers at Mottram Wood, which stands next to the end of the M67 motorway at Hattersley, found themselves at the centre of disturbing scenes during the recent Manchester derby on Sunday, March 3.

A man suffered injuries to his hand after being stabbed with a knife.

Now Tameside Council along with Greater Manchester Police, is reviewing the premises’ licence, with details of the incident, which involved as many as 20 people, being revealed.

Mottram Wood pub will have its licence reviewed. Image by GGC Media

The fact it took place close to where children would have been playing was also a major concern.

And another incident on Saturday, September 23 – when Manchester United played at Burnley in a televised game that kicked off at 8pm – has also been highlighted, along with a lack of CCTV footage.

A statement by PC Craig Foley. Tameside’s licensing police officer, states: “This incident resulted in a male suffering stab injuries to his hand from a knife that was brought to the venue.

“Up to 20 people took part in this disturbance that spilled outside into the car park near to the busy McDonald’s restaurant and attached hotel.

“This occurred at 4.25pm, where families would have been eating at the venue and the Wacky Warehouse would have been full of young children.

Customers at Mottram Wood, which stands next to the end of the M67 motorway at Hattersley, found themselves at the centre of disturbing scenes during the recent Manchester derby on Sunday, March 3.

“The public would have seen this disturbance taking place and would have been frightening for any members of the public.

“On September 23, 2023 another serious assault took place at the venue during a football match.

“The victim on this occasion suffered a broken jaw that required constructive surgery.

“Several police officers from the Tameside Division attended both incidents and the incident on March 3 required officers from GMP’s tactical aid unit alongside divisional detectives and crime scene investigators.

“A knife was seized at the scene of the disturbance.

“These two incidents are not isolated as we have had 10 crimes reported at this location in the past 12 months and we have had many more incidents that haven’t resulted in crimes being recorded. “

PC Foley revealed officers asked Mottram Wood to provide CCTV footage surrounding the later incident to form part of investigations.

But, according to his statement, none was available – and had not been for some time.

He added: “CCTV was requested by officers as this is a condition of the licence, but no CCTV was available, and I believe that they have not had working CCTV since before Christmas.

“The venue would have been operating outside of the licence conditions for around three months over the busiest time of the year (Christmas) and during football matches that has seen previous serious disorder.

“This is a major concern when complying with the licence conditions and the licensing objectives.

“It is my view that this premises needs reviewing to ensure all the licensing objectives are being complied with and I would like to additional conditions added to try and prevent any future serious incidents.”

The Correspondent has approached brewery Greene King, which owns and runs Mottram Wood, for comment about the licence review.

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