Troubled Bournemouth nightspot V Club has had its licence revoked, following a serious stabbing there last month.
Licensing chiefs voted to take the drastic measure after a day spent hearing evidence from police, who claimed the premises was associated with serious crime.
‘Associated with’ it in the sense their customers cause it. But should we blame a business for what its customers do? The police have set a precedent with football clubs, I suppose…
So, sorry, Birmingham bus passengers, the police are going to ask that the bus service stop running. You’ll have to walk in future.
So what heinous crimes have been recorded, apart from the usual drunken fights?
The vast majority of the town hall hearing was held behind closed doors but evidence from senior environmental health officer Ben Sims was heard in public.
He attempted to carry out a health and safety inspection of V after being told by senior licensing officer Sarah Rogers that “the premises to me feel that there is an accident waiting to happen.”
Oh? Was the dance floor coated in giant metal spikes? Were the light fittings wired to the mains?
She had particular concerns about a hot tub installed at the premises, saying: “It just does not seem right that there is a hot tub available given the level of intoxication at the premises and the fact that it was not monitored exclusively by anybody.”
So, a nightclub should provide lifeguards?
She said she spotted a “drunk” couple “clearly trying to have sex” .
Ummm…. Was she jealous?
Mr Sims then spent four months asking Richard Carr and other club personnel to provide him with the relevant health and safety policies and risk assessments. He told councillors he had still not managed to visit the premises or get all the information he needed.
When asked whether this was unusual, he said: “It’s very unusual.
Most people, because of the nature of my job, respond very quickly.
Most people reply to my letters but I received no correspondence whatsoever.
“It was only from persistent digging that I got somewhere though I still haven’t got what I want. ”
Ah. I get the feeling that this is purely because a council official hasn’t been treated with the respect and instant compliance he thinks he deserves. And because the police want an easy life.
Well, sorry. That’s no way to run an economy, or a society, is it?