Newham

Mass brawl nightclub gets the boot

26 September 2013 in Community safety and Council and democracy
A nightclub, where a mass brawl involving over 100 revellers erupted, has been given the boot by Newham councillors.
On Tuesday (September 24), councillors at a licensing sub-committee revoked the premises licence for Juoda Balta, Jenkins Lane, Beckton.

The sub-committee heard police were called to the club one night in July. They found over 100 people fighting at the premises and a man being assaulted with a knife.

Police visited the club after the incident and discovered a number of breaches to the conditions of the premises licence. These included management failing to:
  • Provide a risk assessment form to the police 14 days before events they promoted.
  • Give an accurate and complete incident log
  • Display the premises licence summary
  • Provide good-quality CCTV footage to the police. 
The committee also heard a closure notice had been served on the premises less than four months before the brawl. There was only one bouncer on the door and a drugs swipe tested positive. Further breaches of the premises licence were discovered by council licensing officers and another closure notice was served. 

During the sub-committee hearing, the licence holder confirmed she was not sure why the CCTV was of poor good quality as she had previously provided this to the police on different occasions. On the night of the brawl, six security staff had been working. However locals, who were not invited to the event, had caused trouble. Promoted events only took place at the venue on a Sunday, she claimed.

Newham Council's Cllr Ian Corbett, chair of the committee, said: "It beggars belief that the club can have allowed this brawl to have arisen. The club’s track record has been absolutely appalling and the situation has been completely and utterly unacceptable. Let this be a warning to other licensed premises who step out of line.

“We will never shirk from taking the tough action necessary to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.”