Elland Road stopped from holding boxing nights

A South Leeds venue where a mass brawl broke out during a ‘white collar’ boxing night has been stopped from hosting similar events following action by police licensing officers.

Detectives are still investigating the large fight at the Centenary Pavilion, at Leeds United’s stadium in Elland Road on February 18, which saw about 40 people fighting and throwing chairs.

Leeds United’s Centenary Pavilion. Photo: M Taylor via Creative Commons

It followed two previous incidents of disorder at other ‘white collar’ boxing events at the venue and an incident at a Halloween event last year where a number of people were taken ill with suspected drugs overdoses.

Licensing Officer Cat Sanderson, of Leeds District Licensing Department, instigated a review of the venue’s premises licence and made representations at the hearing this week before Leeds City Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee.

She highlighted concerns over the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.

As a result of the concerns raised, the committee added a condition to the premises licence preventing the venue from hosting any future white collar boxing or amateur boxing events.

Other conditions were also added ensuring that the management tighten up their operation.

Sergeant Dave Shaw, of Leeds District Licensing Department, said:

“The result we achieved will protect the public, and in particular children who were present at the latest problem event, which was classified as a serious incident of violent disorder and where an investigation is still ongoing to trace some offenders.

“We hope the action we have taken will demonstrate to the public how seriously we treat our responsibility to prevent crime and keep people safe through the licensing process. We also hope it will serve as a reminder to licensees of the type of action we can continue to take at venues where problems occur.”

 

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2 Comments on "Elland Road stopped from holding boxing nights"

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  1. Dennis Robbins says:

    It seems unfair by licensing and the police to include amateur boxing in the ban. We have had many excellent shows at Elland Road for more than 20 years without any trouble, why should amateur and professional boxing be punished for an unlicensed event.

  2. Luke Senior says:

    There was clearly an issue with the lack of security at the venue.

    I’ve attended professional boxing all across the country for around ten years, most of the small hall shows at venues like Elland Road, have passed off without incident.

    Sometimes at the larger venues there has been isolated incidents of fighting, mainly caused by alcohol, but nothing that the security haven’t been able to nip in the bud before it got out of hand.

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