NEWCASTLE’S MJ Finnegans hotel has taken over from Fannys as the region’s most violent venue on a revised state government list of sites that would be subject to tighter trading conditions over summer.
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Minister for Hospitality George Souris said yesterday the number of venues in the state subject to special conditions had been reduced to 33 on the new list that will take effect from next month. That compared to 66 venues on the list in December 2009.

The list categorises venues as level one or two based on the number of assaults recorded in a year.

Level-one sites are subject to the tighter conditions including lockouts, extra security measures and restrictions on the use of glass or breakable containers.

Most Newcastle and Hamilton venues already face an earlier lockout.

Mr Souris said there was no level one or two venues in Kings Cross or Wollongong for the first time in the three years that the scheme had been running.

But Newcastle still has three level-one venues.

MJ Finnegans has topped the region’s list with 26 assaults recorded, up seven assaults.

The Cambridge Hotel recorded 19 assaults, as did Fannys.

The Queens Wharf Brewery hotel has been added to the list as a level-two venue, with 13 assaults.

The King Street Hotel and Maitland’s Belmore Hotel remain level-two venues.

Four Hunter venues are to be removed from the list; Hamilton’s Kent Hotel, Cessnock Hotel, Shoal Bay Country Club and Maitland’s Kandy Bar.