The licensing officer presented their report. Members had no questions for the licensing officer.
The Metropolitan Police Service representative, the applicant for the review, addressed the sub-committee. The police showed the sub-committee some CCTV evidence, which the licensee and their legal representative had viewed with the police prior to the start of the meeting. Members had questions for the police
The licensee and their legal representative addressed the sub-committee. Members had questions for the licensee and their legal representative.
Neither party had anything to add in summing up.
The meeting adjourned at 11.34am for the sub-committee to consider its decision.
The meeting reconvened at 12.15 pm and the chair advised all parties of the decision.
That the premises licence in respect of Club 701, Basement and Ground Floors, 516 Old Kent Road, London SE1 5BA be suspended with immediate effect as an interim step to promote the licensing objectives, pending the determination of the review application at a full hearing, to be held on 28November 2019. The sub-committee urge the parties to investigate and provide evidence at the full hearing of the timings both of the incident and CCTV footage and the operation of the ID scanning system in the days leading up to and following the incident.
The sub-committee was satisfied on the evidence that a serious assault had taken place on the premises and had been contributed to by multiple breaches of premises licence conditions. In particular, either the premises should have been closed before the incident took place or the police should have been called much earlier, the premises should not have been operating in circumstances where the ID scanner was not working, no drinks or glassware should have been in the area where the incident occurred and no patrons should have been wearing hats or hoods.
The sub-committee considered that the suspension was necessary and proportionate to promote the licensing objective of the prevention of crime and disorder. The sub-committee considered that other measures short of this were insufficient given the seriousness of the incident, the breaches of licence conditions on this occasion, and the previous operating history of the premises.
There is no right of appeal to a Magistrates' Court against the licensing authority's decision at this stage.
The premises licence holder may make representation against any interim steps imposed and a hearing to consider the representation will be held within 48 hours of receipt of the representation.
The holder of the premises licence may only make further representations if there has been a material change in circumstances since the authority made its determination
Any representation should be in writing and cannot be received outside of normal office hours.