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City bar loses alcohol licence after police raid.

A CITY bar has had its alcohol licence revoked after police found what is believed to be Class A drugs and weapons during a night-time raid.

Bar Element, on Crwys Road, was initially shut down for three months after police raided the venue last month after receiving intelligence from a number of sources.

At a hearing of Cardiff council's licensing sub-committee, the panel decided that the bar's alcohol licence should be revoked.

Chair of the panel, Councillor Brian Griffiths, told the hearing: "In view of the serious crime that appears to have been taking place at the premises, we feel it is appropriate to revoke the premises licence."

Licensing Sergeant Scott Lloyd said police had initially raided the bar on August 19, where they found what is believed to be Class A drugs and a number of weapons including a police-style baton, two hunting knives and a large meat cleaver. When they arrived at the bar they found six customers in the premises and two members of staff - who claimed to be managing the bar.

The two members of staff were in a relationship and later that evening police raided their flat in Birchgrove where they found a large amount of drug paraphernalia and a firearm.

The couple have been released on bail until October, Sgt Lloyd said.

At an earlier hearing on August 24, the committee decided to shut down the bar for three months and remove the licence holder, Alessandra Rossi, who is said not to be involved in the day-today running of the venue. Yesterday, Ms Rossi's father, Jeremy, who held the lease to the premises, told the panel he had given up the lease.

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