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Electric nightclub has licence suspended after violence

2015-08-05 00:44:15

Electric ClubElectric nightclub in Hurst Street

A city centre nightclub has had its licence suspended after two men were shot in the legs and a third was stabbed during disorder on the dance floor.

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

The venue, which previously traded as Oceana, will now remain closed until a full hearing is heard by licensing bosses later this month.

Police were not called to the club to deal with the disorder.

They were alerted by medics at an unnamed Birmingham hospital who treated two men for gunshot wounds to the legs – with one hit in the lower left thigh and the other with grazing and entry/exit wound – at 3.50am.

Electric ClubElectric nightclub in Hurst Street

Officers later discovered that a third man had received medical treatment in Nottingham for a stab wound.

The third victim told Nottinghamshire Police that he had been stabbed on the dance floor at Electric following a dispute with other customers.

West Midlands Police obtained CCTV, which showed a disorder on the main dance floor at 3.22am.

Officers told councillors on a Licensing Committee that the CCTV showed a lack of control at the premises – with a client smoking, others wearing facial and head coverings and a male in a hoodie and goggles.

A search of the premises recovered drugs paraphernalia, remnants of herbal cannabis and a knife from the office block adjacent to the premises.

Officers told the committee that there had been a “catalogue of serious incidents” at the club which had which had culminated in the three Section 18 woundings.

Electric ClubElectric nightclub in Hurst Street

PC Ben Reader told councillors that officers had found several references to the disorder on social media, including tweets which said: “great night until someone pulled out a gun”, “….managed to let someone in with a gun” and “two people bottled and someone pulled out a gun.”

A legal representative for the Electric advised the committee that the licence holder supported a suspension of the licence, pending a full review, by email.

The club had employed 16 security staff for the event for which it had submitted a risk assessment which was classified as ‘medium risk’.

On suspending the licence, pending a full hearing, Birmingham City Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee B said: “The Sub Committee determined the cause of the serious crime and serious disorder inside the licensed premises itself appeared to originate from the inability of management to conduct adequate search procedures at the premises which enabled firearms to be brought into the premises and discharged on more than one occasion.

“Concerns were also raised regarding the seriousness of the incidents of the shootings and stabbing at the premises that were not reported to the police by the designated premises supervisor.

“It was therefore necessary and reasonable to impose a suspension to address the immediate problems with the premises.

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