Sunderland bar hit by tough action after string of glass and bottle attacks

Ttonic Bar, Vine Place, Sunderland.

Ttonic Bar, Vine Place, Sunderland.

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TOUGH conditions have been put on a popular city centre bar after a spate of glass attacks on punters.

There have been five assaults involving glasses and bottles at ttonic, in Sunderland’s Vine Place, during the last nine months.

Last month, one thug slashed his victim’s neck from their jaw to their Adam’s apple, fracturing their cheekbone and eye socket in the process.

It was one of a number of incidents in evidence presented to Sunderland City Council’s licensing sub-committee meeting at the civic centre.

City police described their frustrations, saying that after the attack staff had cleared away the weapon and began to wash away the blood before their investigations had begun.

The force also said it had difficulty obtaining the CCTV footage from ttonic staff as they were initially told the assault had not been caught on camera, but on inspection, large parts of it had.

The attitude of the manager was described as “surprising” by the police.

Councillors at the meeting said it appeared to have been “deliberately obstructive”.

Other crimes on the list included a doorman smashed over the head with a glass in June 2011, resulting in a cut and a puncture to the temple, and other cases of customers being attacked.

As a result, the owners of the bar, Rubix Leisure, will have to exchange all glasses for plastic ones at 9pm and there will be no glass permitted to be present at all after 11pm.

They will also have to do more staff training and put an incident reporting system in place.

The installation of further CCTV cameras was also demanded.

The committee was told that this would take place later this month.

Lorraine Griffiths, who represented the company at the meeting, said they were trying to attract new clientele to the club, and that banning glasses from 9pm would affect their trade.

A meeting is due to take place in three weeks to discuss the issue further, and establish if a new type of toughened glass can be used instead.

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