A Wolverhampton city centre nightclub, which was recently the scene of serious violent disorder, has voluntarily agreed new licensing conditions with the city council and police.

Bosses of Faces, in Bilston Street, put forward a number of measures to improve security at the venue which has now been formally agreed by licensing chiefs.

Trouble flared at the nightspot in the early hours of Good Friday. Police were called to reports of a large fight and a man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The club has made it clear to the council and police that it wants to do everything possible to ensure customer safety and prevent future incidents.

The new licensing conditions include:

  • the installation of a CCTV system that ensures full facial recognition of all persons entering the club
  • more door supervisors on duty
  • all customers entering the premises will be subject to a full search including all bags
  • more staff will be first aid trained and at least 1 first aider will be posted to each room being used by customers in the club
  • improved advanced notification of events to the police and regular debriefings

Councillor Alan Bolshaw, chairman of the city council's licensing committee, said: "What happened in the early hours of Good Friday at Faces was completely unacceptable. We cannot allow incidents like this to damage the reputation of our city.

"It is therefore pleasing to see Faces nightclub behave so responsibly and voluntarily coming before the council's licensing committee to present a number of new conditions that we have now added to its licence.

"We want to work together alongside the police and our licensed establishments to ensure Wolverhampton continues to offer a fun and safe night out."

  • released: Wednesday 10 June, 2015