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Birmingham's Gatecrasher, Rainbow and Electric nightclubs all CLOSED

2015-08-26 15:19:02

Birmingham nightclubsElectric, Gatecrasher and The Rainbow nightclubs which have all be shut

Birmingham's biggest nightclubs are currently CLOSED after police ordered three expedited licence reviews following serious violence at venues in Digbeth, Broad Street and Hurst Street.

This week, Hurst Street’s Electric nightclub, formerly Oceana, had been permanently closed down by the building owners, who vowed to find a new use for the venue after two men were shot and a third was stabbed on the dance floor in July.

West Midlands Police applied for the review after an ‘urban and grime’ event descended into violence in the early hours of July 25.

The 1,600-capacity club will now remain closed after the landlords terminated the contract with the club operator and took back the keys.

It has also now emerged that the Rainbow nightclub, where Sylvester Koroma was murdered two years ago, has also had its licence suspended following an outbreak of violence on August 9.

Birmingham nightclubsSylvester Koroma was shot outside The Rainbow, in Digbeth

The Digbeth club was closed on August 14 and will remain shut until interim steps are met, or until a full hearing in September.

Details of the incident have not been published by licensing chiefs, but the interim steps required include a root and branch review of the management team and the removal of the security company.

Broad Street’s Gatecrasher nightclub also had its licence suspended for 14 days after an incident involving security staff on August 15, where a customer was left with severe injuries.

Birmingham nightclubsPictured is Gatecrasher in Broad Street and Bishops gate Street.

The club – Birmingham’s biggest with a capacity of more than 2,400 –was ordered to terminate its contract with a security firm at an expedited review on August 19.

They were also ordered to conduct a root and branch review of the management team and told that the first week of any re-opening ahead of the full hearing must limit capacity to 50 per cent.

In a follow-up hearing heard last week, where representations were made on behalf of the club, the suspension was reduced.

If the interim steps are deemed to have been met by West Midlands Police the club could re-open on Thursday August 27 ahead of the full license hearing next month.

On Tuesday night the Rainbow Venues issued a statement on its Facebook page saying it was planning to open this weekend.

The post said: "All of our venues are open this weekend as normal as we are celebrating one amazing Bank Holiday.

"However, the authorities alongside our management thought it best to put more robust procedures and policies regarding the exponential growth of the Rainbow Venues."

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