Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Newmarket: Nightclub faces licence review after man ‘glassed’

09:00 24 December 2012

The Innocence / Heaven nightclub in Newmarket.

The Innocence / Heaven nightclub in Newmarket.

Archant

A NIGHTCLUB’S licence could be reviewed after police claimed the venue was associated with serious crime.

shares

Suffolk Constabulary said the Innocence Nightclub in Newmarket, which shares a building with lap dancing club Heaven, had a “disproportionately high” number of assaults and incidents of disorder.

Officers asked for a summary review of the licence following an incident on December 1 where a man was hit in the face with a glass bottle and what they described as an “irresponsible” drink promotion.

In a report to a sub-committee of the licensing committee of Forest Heath District Council, police said that VIP tickets on the night of the attack sold for £30/£35 and included unlimited drinks.

Officers said that the incident at the venue, which they claimed only opens about once every four weeks, was not isolated and listed 14 assaults and four reports of serious disorder within the last 12 months.

The Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee, which will make a ruling on the application to review the licence on December 31, will also be told that high traces of cocaine were found in the downstairs male toilet and in the upstairs VIP area when police carried out a “trace detection” test on December 8.

Traces of MDMA, widely known as ecstasy, was also found in the VIP area and upstairs ladies toilet.

The council report states that conditions attached to the existing licence are “limited in scope” and have not been varied since 2005.

It adds that on December 4 Suffolk Constabulary met with representatives from the club and agreed that 33 conditions should be added to the licence.

Jason Newell, director of Heaven Awaits Limited, said the club licence was being reviewed because it had a “close relationship” with the local authorities.

He added: “We have limited conditions on our licence which is good for us, but bad for them.”

Addressing the issue of assaults at the club, Mr Newell said: “No premises wants any anti-social behaviour, but unfortunately it does happen. But anything that has happened has been minor and has been dealt with professionally.”

While the application to review the licence is considered, all drinks - excluding Champagne bottles will be served in polycarbonate bottles or decanted into polycarbonate glasses.

shares

0 comments

Yum Yums Cookery School, a nonprofit community organisation which runs cookery classes at primary schools in Ipswich, has received funding worth £500. Children at Whitehouse Primary celebrating the news. Adults L-R Dawn Burrows, Charlotte Burrows, Ron Impey, Emma Youngman.

An after-school cookery class scheme is celebrating after receiving a vital funding boost.

Foxglove Gardens

There is a dip in Foxhall Road, a depression that is in geographical terms the start of the Mill River, writes John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

Auschwitz Birkenau

The stories of the holocaust have been recounted in history lessons for decades but there is a difference between what we read in books and what we see for ourselves as 15 Suffolk pupils discovered on a visit to Auschwitz .

Firefighters from Essex and Suffolk tackled the fire at Ashen.

Firefighters from Suffolk and Essex spent much of Saturday night tackling a blaze in a 3,000-tonne stack of straw at Ashen, near Stoke by Clare.

Should cyclists be allowed to go through red traffic lights when it is safe?

A cyclist rode through a red light and turned left while I was walking the dog this week. It was 6.20am, there was no other traffic so no risk but, officially, the cyclist had broken the law.

Once upon a time, shopping was my therapy, writes mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

Air ambulance. Stock image

The air ambulance was called to the A12 at the Wangford bypass at around 5.40pm following reports that a woman had been injured in a car crash involving two vehicles.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24