An Essex pub has had its licence suspended following concerns over to stabbings.

Police were called out to Bloc 40 on Saturday, May 29, amid reports two people had been stabbed in two different incidents.

Three men were arrested by offers and one has since been charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm.

Two other men arrested on suspicion of affray were released on bail until June 25.

Essex Police presented its concerns to Brentwood Borough Council about Bloc 40, which is based in Brentwood High Street, during a review hearing last week.

Bosses eventually agreed to suspend Bloc 40’s licence until a full hearing could take place.

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The pub has 21 days in which it can appeal, but it must remain closed in the meantime.

Chief insp Ant Alcock, district commander for Brentwood and Epping, said: “In these difficult times when businesses are struggling, it’s not our intention to negatively affect livelihoods.

“But we have to ensure the safety of the customers and the wider public.

“Where serious violence occurs it is the responsibility of the police and local authority to ensure licensed premises are doing the same, the action we’ve taken is in everybody’s best interest.

“I want to assure anyone who attends a licenced venue, regardless of where you are in the county, that your safety will always be our priority. “ A full hearing must take place before July 3.

Anyone may make representations concerning the licence review before June 16.