Licence revoked as committee hears Shannon Centre could have prevented shooting

Developers want to demolish the Shannon Centre, which acts as a bar at the moment, and build a six-storey block of flats.

Developers want to demolish the Shannon Centre, which acts as a bar at the moment, and build a six-storey block of flats. - Credit: Archant

The Seven Kings nightclub has had its alcohol licence removed by the licensing sub-committee after it withdrew its representation, during the meeting.

The nightclub was called in for a fast-track licensing review by Redbridge Police, following gun shots being fired outside the venue in June.

The police and licensing authority asked that the building, in Cameron Road, had its entire alcohol license revoked.

A representative of the owners, Mr Aylott, accepted the licence should be removed from Berties nightclub and O’Connors bar.

Mr Aylott originally asked to keep an alcohol licence for the Rayyan Banqueting Lounge for 12 events per annum, until midnight, however he withdrew this representation during the meeting.

The committee subsequently revoked the alcohol licence in its entirety.

During the meeting both the police and the licensing authority made it clear that the Shannon Centre had flouted previous licensing conditions, agreed in March.

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Gary Grant, a barrister representing the licensing authority, told Redbridge Council’s licensing sub-committee the gun shots could have been prevented if security guards had cleared the crowd properly.

He said: “If the crowds had been dispersed this whole shooting incident could not have happened.”

Mr Grant stated the centre had breached other conditions as well.

The security guards did not properly search customers, and on the night of the shooting there were reports of a samurai sword inside the centre.

The barrister added that in 2008 the centre had been asked to improve its CCTV system and there were still issues with it seven years later.

James Rankin, a barrister speaking on behalf of the police, said there had been numerous crimes inside and outside the club the review in 2008.

He told the committee that the police had yet to receive the club’s CCTV footage of the night of the shooting.

Mr Rankin said: “We have been impaired in our operation by the operators’ steadfast refusal to provide CCTV footage in a readable form.”

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