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Investigation into Ilford bar's Bollywood nights after parents dug up promoter's questionable past

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 May 2017

The Global Bar in Ilford High Road

The Global Bar in Ilford High Road

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Sexualised Bollywood dance shows at a late night bar have been stopped after an investigation revealed links to several disgraced clubs in Wembley.

Police began looking into allegations that Global Bar Club, in High Road, Ilford, was running exotic adult dancing, on nights when a third party would rent out the venue.

But concerned parents began investigating when their children started asking to go to the adult Bollywood nights.

What they found left them even more concerned.

The promoters had, until January, been running nightclubs in Wembley, and had had their licences suspended by Brent Council for a number of questionable activities.

Among them were allegations that the men had withheld CCTV evidence crucial to a number of criminal investigations and deliberately disposed of incident logs when crimes had been committed on the premises.

A five-page open letter to Redbridge Council leader councillor Jas Athwal, seen by the Recorder, details the residents’ main concerns.

It concludes: “The nature of this disgraceful operation is nothing short of poison for our communities, whether they be Sikh, Hindu, Islam or Christian.”

The concerned residents then presented their findings to Redbridge Police’s own licensing team.

Pc Alan Felix told the Recorder: “The activities offered at The Global Bar were Asian dancers.

“This alone is not illegal and as the activity had only been taking place for some 10 days there were no reports of licence breaches.”

But the promoter’s previous links to disgraced nightclubs in Wembley, which were closed in January, made the licensing team continue investigating.

Pc Felix added: “The owner of the venue had rented out the bar to a third party and we visited the venue and discussed this activity with the owner.

“The third party were involved in a similar activity in Brent, prior to closure when their licence was revoked.

“On hearing this the owner immediately ceased his rental with the third party.

“The owner was unaware of the third party’s previous history.”

Now, residents have said they are “cautiously optimistic” the problem has been solved.

Global Bar Club did not respond to the Recorder’s requests for comment.

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