Published on May 10th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Hornsey riot club stripped of licence for three months
Police called for a review of Kelko Bar and Lounge, in High Street, Hornsey, after the violent brawl in March which saw up to 200 youths – some of whom were known gang members – spill on to the streets armed with glass bottles, bricks and nail-studded sticks.
The bar’s alcohol licence has now been suspended for three months from Monday, May 30, following a licensing hearing earlier today.
Police described the bar during the three-hour riot in the early hours of Saturday, March 12, as having an “overwhelming smell of cannabis” and being filled with huge numbers of “intoxicated” customers holding half empty bottles of spirits.
Sergeant Michael Tisi, the first officer to attend the scene, said: “I could see scuffles breaking out between groups, glasses and bottles were being thrown, smashing in the roadway and on the footways.
“I called for further units to attend and shortly after, I was joined by three marked police units. Even at this stage I felt it was not safe for officers to intervene as we were massively outnumbered.”
He added that bar owner Hardeep Dhanoa, who had only held the licence for a just a few days before the riot, admitted things had got “out of control” and that he had let several girls into the venue who had just used their tattoos as proof of age they were over 18.
The review was backed by Haringey Council’s enforcement officers and nearby businesses and residents.
Source : Tottenham & Wood Green Journal