Thursday, 26 May 2022

Bar owned by drug dealer shut down by police after fights, arson and stabbing


MANCHESTER: A bar has been shut down for ‘public protection’ after police said it was controlled by a convicted drug dealer. The Alt House in Moss Lane, Manchester, has been the scene of arson, fighting and a stabbing. On New Year’s Eve, Daniel Warrender was stabbed several times at the bar and suffered a punctured lung and kidney. Greater Manchester Police believe it was a targeted attack because the victim’s brother, David Warrender, is a convicted drug dealer. The venue’s license was suspended on February 9 due to major concerns regarding the safety of staff and customers, said police. Councillor David Jones told the newspaper: ‘We really had no option but to close the premises due to the issue of public protection. It was our only option given the level of violence at the premises. It was a catalogue of incidents – arson, fighting, stabbing.’ A license document posted on the shopfront stated: ‘GMP are now aware that the current premises licence holder has lost control of the premises and in reality the person in control is David Warrender. ‘David Warrender has convictions for serious drugs offences and money laundering.’ He was jailed for 18 months in 2014 for conspiracy to supply amphetamines. Bury Council suspended the bar’s licence and a full review will be heard on March 6.

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