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African Village nightspot told to employ bouncers after attack

2013-01-08 16:13:40

African Village

A Birmingham nightspot has been ordered to increase security after two women were glassed in an early-morning attack on the dancefloor.

Violence flared at the African Village restaurant and club in Hockley when a man injured two women in the head and arm after trying to dance with one of them.

Police responded to the fracas by demanding that boss Safia Soukly lose her status as designated premises supervisor, with day-to-day responsibility for running the venue.

Officers claimed she was not there when the attack happened just before 2am on December 12, failed to call the police and was not trained in the use of CCTV - all conditions of the nightspot's licence.

Members of Birmingham City Council's licensing committee were also told no door staff were on duty at the Hockley Hill venue to deal with the trouble.

Pc Chris Room said: "They were clear conditions and they were not adhered to.

"As a result people who were just going out for the evening sustained injuries.

"Two ladies were victims of separate assaults and this was an avoidable incident."

But Heath Thomas, for Ms Soukly and her partner and fellow licence holder Simon Aguh, described the incident as "exceptional" and said there had been no other violent incidents at the venue.

Conditions in the original licence concerning door staff were unclear, he added.

"Safia should remain as the premises supervisor," Mr Thomas said. "They have a history of showing they can be responsible operators."

The licensing committee ordered that bouncers be posted on the door when the nightspot opened after 10pm.

Members also insisted that a licence holder be on the premises at all times.

African Village's website said it was a restaurant and late bar "bringing the taste of African cuisine and music to the western world"

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