Licence of Krystel Banqueting needs to be reviewed following shooting, says Redbridge councillor

The licence of Krystel Banqueting in High Road, Ilford, should be reviewed following Sunday’s shooting and its security tested, according to a Redbridge councillor.

Muhammed Javed, the Labour councillor for Clementswood ward, spoke of his shock today after a 22-year-old man was shot in the chest inside Krystel at around 4.40am on Sunday.

The victim is in a stable condition and no arrests have been made.

The venue, which holds wedding functions, has a licence from Redbridge Council to serve alcohol and have live and recorded music from 11pm to 3am on Saturday nights.

It can then stay open until 3.30am.

Mr Javed said: “I’m shocked to say the least.

“There’s the fact someone was carrying a gun, that’s bad enough, and that person was able to get in.

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“What was the security doing?

“Someone got shot and that is tragic. I don’t want that sort of thing to be happening in my ward.”

He added that he has already spoken to council licensing officers since the shooting.

He said: “They’re already on the ball, they know what needs to be done.

“My concern is that no monitoring was done.

“The timing should be checked.

“The licence needs review and the security needs to be tested.”

The councillor said he has received some complaints previously about noise levels and increased parking in High Road as the result of the venue.

A shooting also took place there on New Year’s Day last year when two men, a 23-year-old and a 38-year-old, were injured.

The owners of Krystel have not been available for comment to the Recorder.

A council spokesman said: “The council is aware of both shooting incidents at the premises within the previous 14 months.

“we are working in partnership with the police to investigate the recent incident. “Our licensing enforcement service regularly carries out late night/early morning compliance inspection work at the borough’s licensed premises during most weekends and some weekdays.”

Fr Gareth Jones, from St Mary The Virgin Church in High Road, Ilford, which is two doors from Krystel, said today: “We are praying for the victim and that the perpetrator or perpetrators are brought to justice.

“I’ve never been aware of people pouring out at certain times so I’ve never thought of it as a late night venue.

“But I will be keen to now how it does operate as it’s practically next door and get to the bottom of what’s happening.”

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police were no longer investigating at the scene today.