Security guards need ‘knife wands’ if Bernard Manning’s Embassy Club reopens after 2 patrons were stabbed, police say

Door staff are expected to use ‘knife wands’ and wear body cameras at Bernard Manning’s Embassy Club if it is to reopen after an incident last month, police said. Two patrons suffered stab wounds when police attended the Harpurhey club on March 11 and the locals have since had their licenses temporarily suspended.

A Manchester Council licensing panel will decide whether the Rochdale Road club can keep their premises license at a town hall hearing on Monday April 11. Greater Manchester Police have criticized the club for allowing two men back into the premises after they were initially refused entry by security at the gate.

It comes as the acting manager admitted he allowed two customers in against the advice of door staff in a statement submitted ahead of the licensing panel hearing which differs from the account of his mother who is the manager of the club. The force has suggested that a series of conditions be added to the premises license if panel advisers allow the club to continue operating.

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This includes gate staff deploying knife wands when deemed necessary and at least one security guard wearing a body-worn video device when on duty. PC Alan Isherwood filed the report for GMP recommending the conditions.

He said: “We are of the opinion that this local made a very bad decision by allowing the two men to return to the premises after their bad behavior earlier in the evening. The person responsible for the night was naive and poor judgment in allowing men to re-enter the scene and obviously needs additional training before he can be in charge of the scene again.”

The club’s premises license was suspended at an interim hearing which took place via video link on March 18 and the club has been closed ever since. At the hearing, principal Deborah Siddall – who was not present during the incident – said the attackers ‘pushed’ her son who was left in charge.



Bernard Manning’s famous Embassy Club in Harpurhey

However, in a statement submitted ahead of the premises license summary review, his son said he had allowed offenders into the club. He said: “I had to make a decision quickly.

“I don’t recall the gate staff giving a reason for not letting them in, however, I assumed it was because of their behavior. The conversation at the gate was brief.

“I said something like ‘you need to calm down, you can’t be an idiot, nobody else is like that’. Both guys said ‘ok, ok’.

“I told the gate staff if they were happy with the guys coming in then I’m happy. They said if I was happy then they were happy with that. I was happy so that they were calming down.”

The statement goes on to say that he did not see the incident in the beer garden but became aware that something had happened when customers entered from outside, one of them with bleeding wounds on their finger and wrist. Police and paramedics attended the incident soon after.

The Licensing Committee will also consider whether to allow the Irish World Heritage Center to retain its license at a separate summary review on Friday 8 April. It follows a fight at the Cheetham Hill Center on March 13 during St Patrick’s Day celebrations on the same day the annual parade took place at the site.

The premises’ license was temporarily suspended after police presented the licensing committee with CCTV footage of an elderly woman punched in the face. Police have called for ‘robust’ conditions to be added to the license for the premises, covering CCTV, the relationship between security personnel and attendees and body cameras.

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