Lancaster club remains closed after death outside venue as bar manager leaves and social media accounts are deleted

The Glow nightclub in Lancaster remains closed following the death of a man outside the club 10 days ago. It comes as the club’s bar manager left the venue after five years with the nightclub’s social media accounts either deleted or made private.

Joshua Hughes, 22, died last Thursday (June 16) following an incident outside Glow nightclub on June 12. Police arrived at the scene in Dalton Square around 4.30am to report that a man had been involved in an altercation outside the club causing him to fall and hit his head on the ground. Police have arrested a man since the incident, but no charges have been filed at this stage.

Tributes have since been paid opposite the club which remains closed as pressure to cut ties with the venue continues. It comes as the bar manager of Dalton Rooms, part of nightclub Glow, has since announced on LinkedIn that he is looking for work.

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Joshua was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital where he underwent two emergency brain surgeries and fought for his life in a coma. The father-of-two died in hospital last week.

The club was then targeted the day after Joshua died with its Mary Street entrance splattered in blue paint. Windows in the rear entrance doors were also smashed with four out of five of them boarded up.

Opposite, floral tributes in memory of Joshua Hughes were laid and a fundraiser for the father’s family and funeral costs was set up, raising over £9,800 so far.

Since the incident outside the nightclub, Glow has taken down its Facebook page and decided to take other social media pages private, including Instagram. LancsLive made numerous attempts to contact Glow but were blocked by those we contacted or received no response.

The Lancaster University Students’ Union has imposed a suspension on all bands in its organization for working with the nightclub. A LUSU spokesperson said the nightclub “does not align with our values”, adding: “Any student group or club that enters into a new sponsorship deal or relationship around hosting parties with this venue will be immediately disaffiliated from the Student Union without consultation.”

Amy Merchant, vice president of welfare, said: “I believe the position taken by the SU is in the best interest of the welfare of our members. The union has a duty to put the welfare of the students first and we need to act responsibly. I’m really happy that many of our student clubs and groups are welcoming this decision.”

After Joshua’s death, a friend told LancsLive: “He wouldn’t hurt anyone or hurt a fly. He had a bit of everything in him. He was hard working, very family oriented and would do anything for his girlfriend and his sister and his children, he had two young children.

The front of Glow Nightclub in Dalton Square

“I’m not sure what happened but he was a devoted father and he lived in Morecambe. It’s scary how this sort of thing can happen, I don’t know what happened or how it happened people are scared i have a young child now eight months old and i will never go out now its scary for kids growing up and its not going to make them want to go out and enjoy the nightlife they should be enjoying The only word for it is shocking.

On June 16, Lancashire Police said they were continuing to investigate the incident. DCI Jane Webb, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This incident resulted in the death of a young man and my thoughts are with his loved ones at this incredibly difficult time. They continue to be supported by specially trained officers. I would call anyone with information to come forward and talk to us. If you can help, please contact us.

Last week, a 31-year-old man from Leigh was arrested on suspicion of assault under Section 18, and released on bail pending further investigations.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting Newspaper 279 of June 12. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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