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Electric nightclub shut down after double shooting on dance floor

2015-08-25 00:15:05

Electric NightclubElectric nightclub on Hurst Street

A city centre nightclub has been closed down permanently after two men were shot in the legs and a third was stabbed during disorder on the dance floor.

West Midlands Police applied for an 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 after the landlords terminated the contract with the club operator and took back the keys.

But Dooba Investments were able to hang on to a 10pm licence after they told licensing chiefs that they planned to find an alternative uses for the 1,600 capacity club.

Police were only alerted to the serious disorder by hospital medics who treated two men for gunshot wounds to the legs at 3.50am on July 25.

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

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

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

At the full licence hearing the force said it had been in discussions with the landlords who had volunteered to drop licencing hours to 10pm and to seek approval for any future usage and operator with police.

Licensing officer Pc Ben Reader told Licensing Sub Committee A that the force and Public Health backed the new plans.

He said: “There has been a lot of negotiations in the last four weeks and they (the landlords) understand what we are trying to achieve.

“They have made proposals and have terminated dealings with the nightclub operator and the DPS (designated premises supervisor) has been removed. There is going to be a wholesale change of use and we have been told that the venue will not reopen as a nightclub.

“They have also agreed that West Midlands Police can approve the new operator and DPS. If these amendments are made they would satisfy us.”

Ben Williams, on behalf of landlord Dooba Investments, said his client had torn up a 15-year lease with the club operator and had removed the DPS.

He added: “Nobody here today is playing down what happened. The landlord picked the best operator available when the licence was applied for 12 months ago.

“They were very experienced, but have taken on events that they simply could not run properly.

“Following last month’s events the landlord immediately tore up a 15-year lease with the operator and has entered into a dialogue with police.

“What they have done is something rather novel. They do not know what is going to be in there in the future at this stage, but what they can tell you is that it will not be a nightclub.

“This is about changing it completely.

“If hours are curtailed till 10pm and new usage has to be with the agreement of police there is a huge safety net.”

In modifying the current licence till 10pm Chairman of Licensing Sub Committee A, Barbara Dring, said: “The licence holder must submit for approval any new operator following removal of the current operator. Any new DPS must also be submitted to police.

“We note the efforts being made by the licence holder in terminating the contract of the operator, removing the DPS and seeking agreement of new volunteered conditions.”

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