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Bar closed after double stabbing

A Walkabout bar
Walkabout said extra security measures were being put in place

A Liverpool bar has had its licence suspended after two men were stabbed outside the premises earlier this week.

Two men, aged 24 and 21, were stabbed outside the Walkabout bar in Concert Square in the early hours of Tuesday.

At a licensing review hearing on Friday, Liverpool City Council suspended the bar's licence.

Walkabout said it closed the bar voluntarily before the hearing, and was installing security measures in line with Merseyside Police conditions.

A spokesman for the Australian-themed bar said he expected the premises to re-open on Monday, following a police inspection.

Knife arch

The owners have been ordered to install and maintain an identity scan system and a knife arch.

Staff in the pub will also have to inform security staff if they see anything suspicious, and all drinks are to be served in plastic glasses after 1900 GMT.

A Walkabout spokesman said: "These included the fitting of a knife arch and ID scan equipment at the entrance to the venue.

"In addition, the venue will serve drinks in plastic glasses and bottles every evening after 7pm and during big events (e.g. live football matches).

"Walkabout has one of the best industry records on responsible retailing and takes violence in its venues extremely seriously.

"We are committed to providing a safe environment for all our customers and staff, something that has been recognised through many awards and commendations."



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