THE fate of a city nightclub facing closure over police concerns of “continued” crime and disorder is yet to be decided.

Alexanders in New Street was due to be the subject of a licensing review by Worcester City Council at a meeting on Tuesday (December 4) after concerns were raised by West Mercia Police about disorder at the nightclub.

But a decision has not yet been reached after the hearing was adjourned to an unconfirmed date.

New information shared prior to the meeting meant it was delayed by more than two hours to allow for members of the licensing committee to read the information.

But Councillor Roger Knight, who was elected chairman of the subcommittee, said the meeting would be held in private because the new information was sensitive and could prejudice an ongoing investigation – a decision which meant the Worcester News was not allowed into the meeting.

Owner Alexander Fell previously said he was “dismayed” to hear the police had requested a review.

In a Facebook post ahead of yesterday’s meeting, Mr Fell said how Alexanders opened in 2014 with a single room and licence that would allow the nightclub to stay open until 3am. He said he had been working with police to expand the number of rooms in the New Street nightclub as well as an extended licence over two stages – the first to 3.45am and then towards a 4.30am closure if no issues were reported.

Mr Fell said: “So the plan and hoops the police dictated to us were 'let’s work together and do this in stages over a period of time'.

Mr Fell promised that, after the hearing, he would speak fully and "expose the huge prejudice and injustice behind how we wind up here and you can make your own minds up rather than taking fragmented bits of information from Worcester News as all the facts.”

West Mercia Police believe the licence holder is “failing to adequately promote” licensing objectives in relation to prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and protection of children from harm.

Sergeant Paul Smith said of the application to have the nightclub’s licence reviewed: “It is the responsibility of the licence holder to uphold lawful behaviour and observe the licensing regulations within their licensed premises.”