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Leeds boxing club linked to brutal attack cancels event after police objections

Police claim a ‘cloud of fear’ reigns over Halton Moor Amateur Boxing Club. A Leeds boxing club linked by police to a vicious assault which left a man with “serious injuries” has cancelled a planned event after officers objected.

Halton Moor Amateur Boxing Club, in east Leeds, was accused at a public hearing last year of failing to help a criminal investigation, after two men were attacked at the venue in 2021.

The wife of one of the victims was also allegedly dragged across a neighbouring garden by her hair as the assaults continued outside the premises in October that year. No one has been charged with the offences, with West Yorkshire Police claiming a “cloud of fear” reigned over the club, which hindered their enquiries. The club strongly denied any such incident had happened at the premises and accused police of being “judgmental” and “prejudicial” towards their members in a written statement at the hearing, in June 2022. The club has now withdrawn its application to Leeds City Council for licences to host a night of “regulated entertainment” on October 21 later this year.

A hearing had been scheduled to take place on Tuesday this week to decide whether or not the event could go ahead, but police had objected, citing the legacy of the alleged assaults from 2021. A council spokesperson confirmed the application had been withdrawn late last week.

In the written objection which was published ahead of the hearing, PC Neil Heywood said the suspects in the incidents from two years ago are “understood to be associated with the club”.

Paolo Sorbello

Paolo Sorbello is a journalist and researcher. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, studying state-business relations in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. He is also the Business News Editor of the weekly newspaper The Conway Bulletin.

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