Trouble hotspot loses licence after 50 fights

PUBLISHED: 16:37 21 July 2010 | UPDATED: 15:55 16 August 2010

A NIGHTCLUB dubbed the borough's number one trouble hotspot has had its license suspended for two months.

A NIGHTCLUB dubbed the borough's 'number one trouble hotspot' has had its license suspended for two months.

Jazzmin's, in Elmfield Road, Bromley, was handed the penalty by Bromley council's licensing sub committee after the panel was shown footage of 'extreme' violent behaviour from customers at the venue.

As well as the suspension, if the club wants to reopen it will have to meet a raft of new conditions, including installing a wide-reaching CCTV system, banning customers from smoking outside and recording the identity of every clubber as they come in.

Committee chairman, Councillor Tony Owen, said: "Jazzmins was the number one trouble hotspot in Bromley.

"We were shown videos of particularly nasty things happening outside the club, with people who were clearly drunk exchanging punches. Some nights it must have bottled up every police officer in the borough."

Mr Owen said that the management at the club had every opportunity to put their house in order before the review hearing on July 14, but had failed to act.

In a dramatic eleventh hour twist, the company behind Jazzmins, Extrare Ltd, announced that it was going into liquidation on the morning of the hearing.

Although the future of the club is uncertain, council officials decided to go ahead with the hearing in case the club is taken over by new owners who want to re-open it.

The review was prompted by an application from Bromley police citing nearly 50 violent incidents in the club between May 2008 and May 14 this year, including a number of fights and violent attacks, usually by drunk customers and sometimes by young people under 18-years-old.

According to PC Philip Spiteri from Bromley police an incident on February 5 involved an underage drinker brawling outside the nightspot.

He said: "One male had been knocked unconscious and a female had been punched to the floor.

"One of those arrested was 17, he had been drinking inside the premises prior to the fight.

"The other two were 18 and 20 years of age. These two tried to fight with officers when stopped by them."

Amongst other incidents CCTV footage mysteriously disappeared before police could look at it, doormen were hostile to officers and one man was bitten on the face on the dance floor.

Mr Owen added: "Two years ago Jazzmins was one of the least problematic nightspots, but then it had an over 25s and smart dress only policy.

"The building just isn't suited to being a night club, it would be better as a shop.

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