Published on April 15th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Snooker Club Must Step Up its Security
A SNOOKER club has agreed to install new CCTV cameras following a review of its alcohol licence.
Police had called a review of the licence at CJ’s Pool and Snooker Club, in Eldon Way, Hockley, following a fight. The row ended with a 41-year-old man having part of his ear bitten off, before a suspect was arrested. This led to a hearing of Rochford District Council’s licensing committee, which is able to impose tough conditions. Councillors decided to add seven conditions to the current licence held by the club – including full coverage with CCTV.
However, owner Craig Hubbard, 37, said the conditions would mean very little change in practice. He said: “This whole thing has been ridiculous from day one. I know there was an incident, but there have been a lot more serious incidents elsewhere.” He said the club already used CCTV, but would just need to buy a couple of extra cameras, and a notebook to record incidents. Mr Hubbard added staff had already been keeping details of members and ensuring staff were fully trained in the sale of alcohol. He added: “With our membership anyone who comes in swipes a card and their picture comes up, and it shows if they are an adult of junior member – so we never serve anyone underage.” He said the only real changes would be to buy a couple of extra cameras and a notebook, for recording incidents. The police had applied for 12 conditions – including the employment of door staff mid-week.
However, the committee decided this would not be necessary as it already used door staff when the club has functions. Licensing officer Peter Nellies, of Rochford District Council, said: “The licence was reviewed. The committee heard both sides. “They were given the list of conditions that were requested by the police, some of which they imposed and the remaining ones they decided weren’t necessary.”
A 36-year-old man from Rochford was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident at CJs, which happened on Thursday, February 10. He has been bailed until May.
Source : Southend Standard