Revellers fled Ilford’s Krystel Banqueting ‘in panic’ after shooting, police report reveals

Revellers fled Krystel Banqueting in High Road, Ilford, in panic following a shooting on Sunday morning, a police report has revealed today.

About 200 people were attending an event for Nigerian people at the banqueting suite at around 4.40am on Sunday when a 22-year-old was shot.

The victim is now in a stable condition in hospital.

Police have applied for a review of the venue’s licence because, should associates of the victim seek retribution, “public safety is put acutely at risk if the premises remain open”.

An emergency review of the licence, held by Mohibul Hoque, of Canterbury Avenue, Ilford, will be held at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, at 4pm.

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It is the second shooting at Krystel in 14 months.

In the application to Redbridge Council, Pc John Brady, a Redbridge licensing officer, said: “Police have real concerns that although incidents at the premises are not frequent they do appear to be of a very violent nature and involve the illegal use of firearms.

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“It would appear that some of the events at the venue are attracting a troublesome and criminal element that appear to believe they can take the law into their own hands and mete out their own form of punishment and justice.”

In a damning assessment of the current management, he added: “Police have no faith in the current licence holder [Mr Hoque] and premises supervisor [Shahjahan Choudhury], and believe that financial gain is placed higher on the agenda than their social and legal responsibilities.”

The application reveals a police patrol car was attending a road traffic accident near to Krystel on Sunday when an officer saw people fleeing the venue in panic.

He called for more officers to come to the scene of the shooting.

It is still unclear whether the road traffic accident is related to the shooting.

A bullet from a small calibre firearm passed through the body of the victim, missing any vital organs but leading to internal bleeding which required emergency attention.

In the previous incident, on New Year’s Day last year, there was an altercation outside Krystel which a doorman tried to break up.

One person waved a small calibre gun in the air and there was a flash from the gun.

The doorman was then shot without realising it.

Pc Brady said: “He only realized he’d been shot when he had got home and discovered both feet were injured, recovering a bullet from one.”

The venue is licensed to serve alcohol to 3am on Sunday and stay open to 3.30am.

The Recorder has been unable to get any comment from Krystel’s owners in response to the shooting or the licensing review.

Operation Trident officers are currently looking for one suspect, a black male, and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on Sunday’s shooting should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Recorder will report the details online following today’s meeting.

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