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Published on December 4th, 2015 | by Dean Carr

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Birmingham’s Gatecrasher nightclub shut down over late-night violence

Birmingham’s Gatecrasher club has had its licence revoked after a string of violent incidents .

In a unanimous decision, Birmingham City Council’s licensing and public protection committee decided on Wednesday to shut down the Broad Street venue.

It was forced to close temporarily when its licence was suspended after a knife incident inside the premises and an alleged fight involving doormen in the early hours of October 31.

A victim was stabbed in the leg and security staff were accused of using make-shift weapons in a brawl with a group of customers.

Staff at the 2,400-capacity club later told of the “carnage” on the night. The club last week failed in a bid to overturn the temporary suspension of its licence. Councillors said they had “no faith in the alternative proposals made”.

Gatecrasher was previously closed as recently as August after a customer was attacked by a bouncer. The club was it was in the “last chance saloon” after that incident.

PC Abdul Rohoman told councillors at a licensing meeting in September: “There have been review hearings in the past and this venue already has more conditions on its licence than any other in Birmingham.

“This is about maintaining standards that are very high. “The spotlight is on them.”

We are unsure at this time if the club will seek an appeal against the decision at Birmingham Magistrates Court, they have 21 days from the date of the Council decision to revoke the premise licence.

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188



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