Nightclub at Centre of Murder Investigation Closes Down as Justgiving Help Fund Raises £6,500
Bijou in Bingley has shut for good following the murder of James Etherington.
James, 24, was found badly injured outside the nightclub on Saturday 25 November, and died in Leeds General Infirmary on Tuesday afternoon.
Police are treating his death as murder.
Meanwhile, a Justgiving fund, set up with the blessing of James' family, has already raised more than £6,500.
Now the management has announced Bijou has closed down.
A Bijou statement read:”Due to the extremely sad news and the tragic outcome of a recent event that has taken place outside the venue, the owners have made the decision to close Bijou Cocktail bar & nightclub.
“The directors feel that given the circumstances and considering the feelings of the family and those closest to them that closing Bijou is the right thing to do.
“The responsibility of the building its self has today been handed over to a new agent and what will become of the building in the future is unknown.
“We hope that the police, together with the courts can examine all the evidence and arrive at a conclusion as soon as possible, to serve justice and hold anyone involved accountable for their own actions.
“We as human beings understand that emotions are high, and we will fully support, contribute and co-operate with any future prosecutions should any individual be found to have acted unlawfully. This we can guarantee.
“It goes without saying that we are devastated by this event and that our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this time. Thank you.”
Four men aged 31, 30, 28 and 23 were arrested in connection with the incident. The 31 year old and 30 year old were released under investigation and the 23 year old bailed. The 28 year old was released without charge.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Scott of Protective Services (Crime), said:
“I would appeal to anyone with information about the incident and who hasn’t yet come forward to do so.
“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who took footage on their mobile phones to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting crime reference number 13170551254 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Karen Pritchard has set up a justgiving page.
Karen wrote:"The outpouring of love for James and support for his family has been overwhelming. So many people have been touched by this tragic loss of a young life. Not just his many, many friends, but the wider community too.
"And so, with permission from his family, this fundraiser has been set up. It’s to help the family in any way possible, and to allow us to show our respect and support.
"Please give whatever you’re able, in memory of James, and to help ease the financial burden at the most heartbreaking of times.
"Sleep peacefully now James, in the arms of the Angels, you will never be forgotten."
To donate to James' fund click on this link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tohelpthefamilyofjames
- Bingley News