Club 195 in Epping has had its licence revoked following concerns about incidents of violence at, or in the vicinity of, the premises.
The club had its licence suspended earlier this month after Essex Police applied for a review. The revocation follows 8 incidents of violence between October 2018 and New Year’s Day 2019.
- 2 large scale fights in December involving people who had been inside Club 195
- An assault in the vicinity of the premises in December where a man was struck with a belt and lost the sight in one eye and it was later established those involved had been in the club earlier that night
- 2 incidents in the early hours of New Year’s Day – one where someone was stabbed inside the club and one involving a large fight nearby
At a full hearing on Tuesday 29 January 2019, Epping Forest District Council’s licencing sub-committee revoked Club 195’s licence and now has 21 days to appeal the decision.
Members of the licencing sub-committee took the decision based on the following:
- Repeated and very serious crime and disorder associated with the premises
- Lack of confidence in management in how they have implemented their current policies and procedures
- Lack of confidence that the designated premises supervisor has proper control of the premises
- Lack of faith in management being able to successfully implement additional conditions
Safety is a top priority
Chairman of the licencing committee Councillor Paul Keska said: “Seeing so many serious incidents where people have been badly hurt in such a short period of time cannot be tolerated. Ensuring people’s safety is a top priority. Local residents should not be subjected to so much crime and disorder on the streets of Epping.”
“From all the evidence shown to us we unfortunately have very little faith now that the licence holders of Club 195 are able to prevent such incidents being associated with their premises.”