Ilford shooting: Krystel Banqueting’s licence suspended to prevent ‘serious risk of immediate and violent retaliation’

Krystel Banqueting in Ilford had its licence suspended this evening by councillors following a shooting at the venue on Sunday.

The banqueting suite, which has been advertised as a nightclub promising nights that “push the boundaries”, could be the scene of “serious crime and disorder” should its licence have remained in place, according to councillors.

A meeting at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, heard that police are not ruling out the shooting being gang-related.

A 22-year-old man was shot inside the club in front of about 100 revellers after 4am, the committee heard.

Bo-eun Jung, a barrister representing the Met Police who applied for the licence suspension, said witnesses have spoken of a fight outside the venue between two ethnic groups involving bricks and bottles leading to the shooting.

She said: “At this stage it looks like an altercation between two ethnic groups but [officers] cannot rule out that it was gang-related.

“The police have a real and justified fear that if the premises stay open, it would put members of the public at risk.”

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No representation was made by Krystel’s management and the committee, chaired by Cllr Peter Goody, a Conservative councillor for Snaresbrook ward, was told the licence holder, Mohibul Hoque, of Canterbury Avenue, Ilford, has gone to Bangladesh.

The licence, which allowed alcohol to be served and live music and dancing, will remain suspended until a full review and any subsequent appeals.