Licence review for cage fight club
Council chiefs have ordered a licence review for a club which staged cage fighting involving children as young as eight.
Concerns were raised about whether two boys were put at risk by taking part in a bout at Greenlands Labour Club in Preston, Lancashire, in front of a 250-strong adult audience.
The city council has now stepped in to check whether any licence conditions were breached and will ask the club not to put on any more similar events involving juveniles.
The deputy leader of Preston City Council, Councillor John Swindells, said: "I, like many other people, am appalled by the incident of cage fighting involving children taking place in Preston. I am really concerned about the potential of harm to the children who were as young as eight years old.
"Having checked the licence conditions for Greenlands Labour Club there is also a condition that children should not be on the premises at public events after 6pm and I think it needs to be looked into whether this particular condition has been breached."
A video of the bout on September 10 posted on the internet shows the youngsters fighting in a cage without protective padding or headgear and receiving medical attention.
Lancashire Constabulary said they would not take action against the organisers as the force had "looked into this matter fully and there are no issues for us to pursue".
Club owner Michelle Anderson defended her decision to stage the event.
She said: "The children were not doing cage fighting, they were just grappling. There was no punching, kicking or striking. The event was perfectly legal. There was only one fight for kids, which was a demonstration fight. The other fights were for adults."
A spokesman for Sharefight, the company commissioned to video the event, said the video had been online for two weeks without complaint but was taken down on Wednesday night "out of respect" for parents and others who had shown concern.