Man left scarred by bottle attack

The Hub nighclub & bar. 10 Market Street, Wakefield.'New licensing conditions have been placed on the management after an assault which resulted in a man being glassed in the face.'w4850d113
The Hub nighclub & bar. 10 Market Street, Wakefield.'New licensing conditions have been placed on the management after an assault which resulted in a man being glassed in the face.'w4850d113

A HEMSWORTH man has been left with ‘permanent’ facial scarring after a bottle attack at a Wakefield nightclub.

Victim Dean Raikes, 26, was taken to hospital suffering from several deep wounds to his face, including a two-inch gash to his forehead, after the incident in The Hub, on Market Street, in the city centre in February.

Mr Raikes had gone to the club to celebrate his birthday when he was hit with a glass.

He said: “My face was bleeding everywhere when it happened and I lost a tooth. I’ve been left with permanent scars around my lip and my chin.”

Wakefield Council’s licensing committee has now imposed several new rules that the club’s owners must abide by in order to keep their business open, including a ban on using glasses.

Last month the council committee members ordered CCTV that meets Home Office and police standards to be installed in the club.

Officers had criticised the previous black and white camera system.

The Hub management team will also have to adopt a proof of age scheme, first aid provision and staff training.

A report published after the meeting said: “Within the application and supporting certificate it was stated that strong, robust management at the venue was clearly lacking.

“Representations have been made that this was not the case, however, it is clear that further specific conditions would help management in support of their duties under the Licensing Act.

“Therefore, conditions on training are required.”

The Hub had its licence suspended on Thursday, March 3, by the council’s licensing committee.

It was allowed to reopen after a further hearing on Friday, March 11, pending the result of the full review.

A man was arrested on suspicion of assault following the incident.

He has since been released on bail pending further investigations.

Anyone with information should contact Wakefield CID on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.