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Artist with firearm and gang links wants to perform in Chadwell Heath

PUBLISHED: 13:39 12 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:39 12 November 2018

Police found out about the event when they visited the venue on an unrelated matter. Picture: Ken Mears

Police found out about the event when they visited the venue on an unrelated matter. Picture: Ken Mears

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An artist whose previous gigs have been linked to firearm incidents is hoping to perform at an event in Chadwell Heath.

Police have made a formal objection to Redbridge licensing committee and said the musicians scheduled to play at an event at Mayfair Banqueting Suite, High Road, have links to “known gang members”.
Promoter Errol McCurdy Smith applied for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) to hold an event starting on Sunday, November 25 and ending at 5am on Monday. 
He asked permission to sell alcohol and have “regulated entertainment” in the form of an “up and coming Jamaican artist doing public appearances to promote his new album”.
Licensing pfficer Pc Oisin Daly, made a formal representation saying granting the TEN is “detrimental” to the prevention of crime and disorder. 
“Whilst on a visit to the venue for an unrelated matter in early October police came across the event being advertised,” he said.
“When asked, the owner forwarded details of the artists due to be playing at the event.
“These artists have been researched and a summary of findings can be found in the attached file, this contains restricted intelligence and is not for dissemination to the public.
“Some of the artists listed have links to known gang members and have played at events which have been linked to firearms.”
Pc Daly said the venue in situated in a residential area and the premises licence permits activity after 3am. 
He added that the applicant has not given sufficient detail about risk.
“It is the opinion of the police that the artists playing at the event carry a risk that requires an experienced operator in a premises that is used to hosting events of that nature,” he added. 
“The applicant does not detail their experience in the industry and the TEN will supersede the premises licence, rendering the conditions unenforceable.
“Police respectfully request that the TEN be refused due to the risks associated with the artists and the promoter’s lack of recorded experience.”
Pc Daly said the event could go ahead if it finishes at 3am as Mayfair Banqueting Suite could use its own licence to ensure that the conditions would be enforceable 
Redbridge Council’s licensing sub-committee will meet on Monday, November 19 to decide on the matter.

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