These six pubs and nightclubs were all notorious for crime and violence
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Most people look back on Hull's former pubs and nightclubs with fond memories.
There have been some fantastic nightspots in the city over the years, with many of us enjoying drinks and dancing there.
But some bars and clubs became known for more than just fun and instead had a darker side.
Whether it was drug raids, mass brawls or even prostitutes, there have been some places which gained a notorious reputation.
We have taken a look back at some of those and how they became known for all the wrong reasons.
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Five years have now passed since Sgt Peppers in Chapel Street, city centre, shut its doors for good.
It always seemed to be the last place still open in the city centre which attracted the good, the bad and the very ugly.
Sgt Peppers began life as Magma when it opened in a blaze of publicity in 2004. The bar had 14 plasma screens, a state-of-the-art sound system and an impressive music video display system.
Two years later, it became the first bar in Hull to be granted a 24-hour alcohol licence. Immediately its opening hours were extended to 5am on Friday and Saturday nights and 4am throughout the week. But it wasn’t long before Magma was mired in controversy.
In June 2007, a man was left blind in one eye after being attacked with a broken beer bottle as he left the toilets inside the venue.
Just three months later, police applied for the bar’s licence to be reviewed after a “high level of violent incidents” including an attack on door staff and a man who suffered a broken cheekbone after being punched in the face.
When the licence review hearing took place in January 2008, police said at least 211 incidents had been linked to the venue.
They ranged from drug dealing in the bar’s toilets to regular disturbances immediately outside, including one group of up to 20 people fighting in Chapel Street.
During the hearing, Humberside Police Inspector Andy Robinson said in one undercover police operation at Magma, officers had to withdraw for their safety because of the level of disorder.
Councillors decided to slash Magma’s opening hours, ordering it to close at 2am.
Referring to the number of drunk and drugged people encountered on nearby streets in the early hours, one officer said it was like a scene from zombie film Shaun Of The Dead.
Two months after the review, it was announced that Magma would be refurbished and renamed as Sgt Peppers.
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The owner at the time said the new bar would be more “pub-looking than club-looking” and would be a live music venue dedicating to promoting up-and-coming local bands.
After the owner launched an appeal against the reduced opening hours, councillors agreed to allow Sgt Peppers to open until 5am – with a £1 entry fee for those arriving after 1.30am and a ‘strict’ over-21s policy.
But the problems associated with the venue resurfaced just a few years later.
In 2012, police revealed a total of 44 incidents – 25 of them violent – had been linked to Sgt Peppers over 11 months, including attacks by door staff.
Shocking footage of one incident showed a man who was beaten unconscious inside the bar being dragged outside and dumped in the street by door staff.
The bar lost its 24-hour licence and was ordered to introduce a search policy and dress code, with hoodies, trainers and baseball caps being banned.
But door staff assaults continued. In one case, a woman was “forcefully” thrown on to the pavement outside the bar by a door supervisor. She was unresponsive.
Details produced by police included several cases of door staff assaulting customers, including one punching a man to the ground and continuing to attack him as he laid on the floor.
In March 2012, Sgt Peppers had its licence suspended in an emergency meeting held after a man was blinded in a violent attack inside the bar.
Time was finally called on the bar days later when its owners decided to surrender the licence to Hull City Council.
Read more about Sgt Peppers' demise here.
It may have just been the bar with the worst reputation in Hull.
In the words of its owners, Retro – a fixture on a city centre night out in the late 1990s and early 2000s – was unable to shake off its image as being a magnet for violence and trouble.
It became the first bar in Hull to be granted a late licence on Sunday nights and this was followed by a decision in 2003 allowing Retro to open until 2am six nights a week. But it seems the licence extensions may have been where the problems began.
In 2002, a man was glassed in the face during a confrontation inside the bar. That same year, a woman was stabbed in the stomach after leaving Retro.
In May 2003, a group of 10 to 15 men caused £1,000 of damage after throwing chairs outside the venue.
The darkest moment in the bar’s history came in July 2003, when Sudanese refugee Sheik Mohammed was stabbed to death outside Retro after a confrontation inside the venue. His killer has never been found, despite police identifying a prime suspect.
New owners took over the bar in 2005 and spoke of their desire to get away from the “yobbish drinking culture” and create an atmosphere that was more “upmarket”.
But the violence continued. In June 2006, an 18-year-old man had part of his ear bitten off after being involved in a fight outside Retro.
And the following year, police released CCTV footage of a shocking gang attack outside the bar.
The owners announced their decision to close the venue in 2008, saying they had been unable to shake off the bar’s bad image despite banning 40 people.
They decided to reopen it under the name Shine in March 2008, following a £60,000 makeover, and said they would no longer sell cheap lagers and alcopops, would enforce a strict dress code and cut back its opening hours.
But it wasn’t successful. Just two years later, a man was seriously injured after being assaulted inside Shine – and again outside after the offender was ejected by door staff.
That same year, police and Hull City Council ruled the bar should only be allowed to serve alcohol until 11.30pm rather than 4.30am. Police said the bar was a magnet for trouble and violence.
The owners of the bar appealed against the decision and won. However, it seems the owners’ plans to transform the bar’s reputation had failed and it closed soon after.
Read more about Retro's notorious past here.
It seemed to be a traditional pub at the heart of the community. But beneath the surface, the Arctic Ranger was hiding a dark secret.
After it was shut down in 2013, it emerged the Orchard Park pub was at the centre of an investigation into claims a group of Hungarian women were being forced to work as prostitutes inside the bar.
Known as the ‘Arctic Angels’ and the ‘Arctic Belles’, the women told police they had been informed they were coming to the UK to work as dancers. Instead, they said they were forced into sex work and their passports had been seized.
Although no one was prosecuted over the claims, the evidence formed part of the case for closing the pub in June 2013.
A licensing committee hearing was told the pub had become almost lawless after a spate of violent attacks and glassings.
It was the second hearing to take place, after an earlier one in April 2012 heard evidence about the alleged prostitution happening at the pub.
Its licence was suspended for three months and the licensee was removed. It then reopened with a new licensee in July 2012.
But the problems continued. In just 10 months between August 2012 and June 2013, there were a number of incidents including a man who suffered injuries to his eye and nose after being glassed in the face and a police officer suffering leg injuries after being struck by a thrown glass.
A fight also broke out involving 20 people which saw tables and chairs being thrown around while another brawl featured up to 30 people while the pub doors were allegedly locked to prevent police officers getting in.
Councillors revoked the Arctic Ranger’s licence and the pub was closed.
This was a hugely popular venue in its heyday but it became beset by drugs problems as we welcomed in the 1990s.
Taking over the old Skyline Ballroom, Romeo & Juliets opened in the late 1970s, above what became the now derelict former BHS department store in Jameson Street.
At its peak, the venue welcomed many rock bands and celebrities such as Olivia Newton-John, but in the early 1990s it was a place for DJs to show off their skills.
However, as it slipped into the rave scene, drugs became a fixture at the venue and a drugs raid, filmed by ITV's Calendar, saw the closure of the venue in 1991.
You can read more about the demise of Romeo & Juliets – described as a 'den of vice' – here.
This pub in Bilton Grange became infamous as a drug den created by former rugby player Gary Weymes, who had once represented Great Britain at amateur level.
Weymes fed his addiction by growing cannabis in a flat above the pub in Staveley Road. He also laundered drug money by putting on bets that amounted to £1.3m and was jailed for three years.
To conceal the money he was making from the cannabis farms, he spent all day, every day, betting thousands of pounds at bookmakers across Hull.
Police officers executed a drug warrant at the Flower Pot in July 2014. In an upstairs flat they found the living room had been converted into a cannabis factory.
Landlord Darren Lacken took over the Flower Pot in January 2015 and said he was determined to turn it around. He wanted to transform the local boozer into a fun and family-friendly establishment.
Mr Lacken installed extra fencing and security, as well as an outside children's play area. The pub reopened with a new staff and a small food menu.
However, the pub closed in May 2017.
This pub was at the centre of a £30,000 drugs ring back in 2010 with the chef being one of the key players.
Christopher Coles and Peter Brook were part of a suspected organised crime gang, which including boxer Tony Booth, dealing drugs in the pub in Victoria Dock, east Hull.
Arrests were made as part of an undercover police operation into the supply of cocaine in the city and the dealing of counterfeit euro notes and fake £10 and £20 notes. The police arrested nine men in a raid at the Timber Dock.
Former landlord of the pub, George William Rowley, admitted two counts of supplying cocaine at the pub after he took over as landlord in November 2010.
The Timber Dock was shut down following the raid and brewery Marston's decided to take the opportunity to refurbish it to restore its image as a community pub.
A total of £1.3m was spent on the refurbishment and the pub was renamed the Goldcrest.
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6 notorious Hull pubs and nightclubs including a 'den of vice' – Hull Live
These six pubs and nightclubs were all notorious for crime and violence