The future of a Collyhurst pub hangs in the balance after two men were stabbed during a brawl at a wake.

Police were called to The Vine on Glendower Drive on the afternoon of October 2 after receiving reports of people riding quad bikes blocking roads and ‘intimidating residents’.

There were also calls stating that people were fighting at the pub, where around 50 people were believed to be in attendance, and bottles were being thrown.

According to Greater Manchester Police, patrolling officers were met by a ‘violent crowd’ throwing bottles when they arrived at the scene, prompting them to retreat and wait for backup.

At around 5.30pm, an argument which started inside the pub led to a mass brawl outside in which two men were attacked with knives and suffered ‘significant injuries’.

Both men, who were in their 30s, were taken to hospital. GMP described their injuries as ‘of a serious nature, but not life-threatening’.

Doors and windows were smashed during the incident, which was eventually broken up by officers who brought the situation under control and secured the crime scene.

Pictures show the windows and doors of the pub have been smashed

On October 5 GMP asked Manchester council to temporarily suspend The Vine’s licence until a full review hearing could be held.

In their request the force said: “To allow the premises to continue to operate as a licensed premises gives concerns that further crime will occur and place customers and staff in danger.

“This investigation is in its early stages and there will no doubt be more information uncovered over the coming weeks.

"But what is clear is that serious disorder and serious crimes have occurred at the premises and two males have received significant injuries from knives.”

The council’s licensing subcommittee found it necessary to close the pub on a short-term basis after concerns about ‘potential retaliation and reprisals’.

Police outside The Vine Pub in Collyhurst

But councillors were later told that the pub had voluntarily closed after the brawl and had not operated in the three days up until the council agreed to suspend its licence.

In a letter to the council the solicitor representing the licensee of The Vine said: “The disorder was linked to a funeral taking place in the local area on October 7, and certain people who were in the area for the purpose of marking the funeral and commemorating the death of individuals from their community

“Following the funeral issues of anti-social behaviour have dissipated and it is the view of the premises that the necessity of the closure has now passed, a view shared by GMP.”

The committee lifted the formal suspension of the licence ahead of the full review hearing, which will take place on October 29.

A licensing panel will be given four options: to change the conditions of The Vine’s licence, ban the sale of alcohol, remove the designated premises supervisor from the licence, or close the pub completely.