Birkenhead pub’s licence suspended following ‘firearms incident’

A Birkenhead pub has had its licence suspended after police said it was “associated with serious crime and disorder”.

Monkey’s Nuts at 68 Market Street in Birkenhead is having its licence reviewed by Wirral Council after the local authority received an application by Merseyside Police. A first stage hearing took place on 4 April at Birkenhead Town Hall but was not held in public.

At the hearing, the council immediately suspended the licence ahead of a second meeting on 30 April. Any member of the public can make representations on the review by 16 April.

Merseyside Police said it took the action following recent reports of serious crime and disorder, which included a firearms incident on Thursday, 28 March 2024.

At around 7.10pm,  the police said there was an altercation involving a group of males outside the premises and during the incident it was reported that a male was in possession of a reported firearm. There were no reports that a firearm was discharged.

Following an investigation, David Hughes, 27, of Birkenhead, was arrested and charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possessing an offensive weapon in a private place.

A private limited company, The Monkey Nuts Pub Ltd, was set up at the pub’s address in January 2024. The company currently has one director, Roger George Jones. Monkey’s Nuts were approached for comment.

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