Sudbury: Police withdraw objection to Infinity nightclub opening until 4am over Christmas period
Police have withdrawn their objection to an application by a Sudbury nightclub to extend its hours.
Infinity Nightclub in East Street applied to Babergh District Council for a temporary events notice to enable it to stay open until 4am on December 14, 20 and 21 instead of closing at 3am.
But Suffolk Constabulary objected to the proposal because of “considerable concern” about the extent and frequency of crime at the premises during the past six months.
In a letter to Babergh’s licensing team, the force licensing inspector said: “Twenty five crimes have been recorded by the police (at the nightclub) in the last six months. Ten of these were classified as offences of violence, specifically assaults.
“The remainder are recorded as offences of theft, drug possession, drunk and disorderly, criminal damage and sexual assault.
“Of additional concern, two of the offences are alleged to have been perpetrated by door supervisors who are further recorded as having been obstructive to investigations. The above crime analysis is of significant concern to the police.”
But at a licensing hearing on Thursday, the objection notice was withdrawn.
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Pc Craig Lannigan, from Suffolk Constabulary’s licensing department, told the EADT: “This was as a result of Infinity volunteering to comply with all of their licence conditions during their extended opening hours. The premises also additionally volunteered an increase in staffing in order to promote the prevention and detection of crime.
“Suffolk police are pleased to be able to continue to work closely with licensed premises to help make Sudbury a place where people can have an enjoyable and safe night out.”
Sudbury Town Council is considering applying for Purple Flag status, which recognises towns with safe, vibrant and well-managed night-time economies.
During the past two years, the town has also initiated Streetwatch and Pubwatch campaigns in a bid to create a safer environment during the evenings.
Infinity Nightclub licensee Derek Smith was unavailable to comment on the application.