Liverpool aparthotel faces license review over "serious crime" link

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UK: The Richmond Hotel, an aparthotel on Liverpool's Hatton garden, is facing a license review after police raided the premises during lockdown and found more than 200 people partying.

The property was raided by police at the end of January, with officers finding four separate parties attended by hundreds, according to a report in the Liverpool Echo.

A police officer was attacked by a woman during the raid, where evidence of drug use was also found. One woman was arrested for breaching coronavirus legislation and for two counts of assaulting a police officer. A man was arrested as he was wanted for by police in connection with an existing warrant, 13 fixed penalty notices were issued and 11 documented warnings were given.

The hotel’s owners, The Savvy Hotel Group, will now face Liverpool Council’s licensing meeting to defend the property's licence, which includes the ability to sell alcohol until 2am.

The decision for a full review comes after a meeting between Merseyside Police and Liverpool Council last Friday. The hearing, an Interim Steps hearing, was not open to the public but papers published on Liverpool Council’s website confirmed it was related to the parties on January 31.

Papers published before the meeting said officers witnessed breaches of coronavirus legislation, constituting “serious crime and disorder”.

A public notice issued later said: “The grounds for review are that in the opinion of a senior police officer of Merseyside Police the premises are associated with serious crime.”

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