A bar at the centre of a knife attack during which a man was stabbed in the back of the head and another slashed under his eye has had its licensing conditions reviewed.

Police were called at around midnight on Friday, January 5 to reports of serious disorder outside Overdraught Karaoke Bar on Blackburn Street, Radcliffe.

An interim licensing review of the bar last month requested by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) heard that two men received serious injuries in a brief altercation after two suspects had entered and then left the premises.

Addressing a Bury Council licensing panel, PC Peter Eccleston said one victim received a cut to the left side of his face, close to the eye socket and a slash to his left arm, just below the elbow.

He said the second victim received a two centimetre cut to the back of the head, close to the base of his skull.

It is understood that both men have now recovered and the suspects remain at large.

The panel reconvened for a full licensing hearing for Overdraught, which has been run by licensee Alistair Johnson for around 13 years

The panel again heard from PC Eccleston who confirmed there was no previous history of incidents at the premises in the last five years and considered Mr Johnson to be a good licence holder.

There had been no issues obtaining the CCTV and Mr Johnson had fully cooperated with GMP on the night and since the incident.

He said he had no intention to request a suspension or revocation of the premises licence for Overdraught.

PC Eccleston said that no door supervisors were on duty at the premises at the time of the violence and there were no specific conditions within the licence which commits the premises to employ SIA registered door supervisors at weekends when the licence extends to 2am.

At the interim hearing, he said: “Had door supervision been on duty, this incident may have been prevented whether that be intervening early to prevent escalation or searching of patrons prior to entry, which would have prevented the presence of lethal weapon on licensed premises.”

At the full hearing, Mr Johnson showed members via his camera, a metal detector body scanner which had been purchased to aid with any searches required.

Mr Johnson said he and a friend were booked on a course to become SIA registered door supervisors and further educate themselves on customer safety.

He said he normally closed his doors at 11.30pm as he did not want drunk customers with little money entering the premises after that time.

He said around 70 per cent of his customers were regulars and body searches upon entering may be off putting for new and existing customers.

The panel made amendments to the current premises licence under the licensing objectives recommended by GMP.

They included the need for an incident log, that all licensable activity is to cease half an hour prior to closure, that management and staff use their best endeavours to prevent people loitering outside the premises and to ensure that those refused entry or ejected are asked to leave the vicinity of the premises.

Customers who wish to smoke or vape will be directed to the beer garden at the rear of the premises.

The premises will also operate a "Challenge 25" proof of age policy and signage to this is to be prominently displayed within the premises.