Ilford’s Krystel Banqueting management branded ‘inept’ by police following shooting
Police have delivered a damning verdict on Ilford’s Krystel Banqueting, branding its management “inept” following a shooting on Sunday.
At around 4.40am on Sunday, while around 200 people were in the banqueting suite in High Road, a 22-year-old was shot through the left shoulder – the second shooting at Krystel in 14 months.
An emergency meeting to review the venue’s licence will be held at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, at 4pm today following an application from the police.
The victim is now in a stable condition in hospital and no arrests have been made.
Pc John Brady, a Redbridge licensing officer, says that some events at Krystel are now “attracting an unwanted, undesirable criminal element that appear to have no regard for law and order.”
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The police want Krystel to be closed until a full review can take place and Redbridge Council’s licensing sub-committee could order a full review, change the licensing conditions or revoke the licence this afternoon.
In a statement, part of the police’s application for a review to the council, Pc Brady said the police have no faith in the current owners to co-operate with them.
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He said: “If a similar incident were to happen anytime soon, police have no doubt that the investigation would be hindered from the outset and vital evidence lost from an inept and incompetent management all to keen to shirk responsibility and shift blame.”
Both investigations into the shootings have been hindered by a lack of co-operation from the management to provide CCTV recordings, he added.
Following Sunday’s shooting, an external engineer had to be called out to download footage but found the building’s system hadn’t been working for “some time”.
The submission also said Krystel has been hired out for night-club events to third-party promoters recently “that quite simply appear to take place without sufficient risk assessments or controls.”
On Saturday night, the venue was holding an event for Nigerian people and was licensed to serve alcohol to 3am and stay open to 3.30am.
PC Brady said: “The licence holder too readily believes his legal responsibilities are abdicated once the premises are leased out.”
The current licence holder is Mohibul Hoque, of Canterbury Avenue, Ilford.
The Recorder has been unable to get any comment from Krystel’s owners in response to the shooting or the licensing review.
A doorman was injured outside the venue following a shooting on New Year’s Day last year.
The Recorder will report the details online following today’s meeting.