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Gatecrasher closed for second time after man stabbed in leg

2015-11-05 23:11:14

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Birmingham’s biggest nightclub Gatecrasher has been closed again after a stabbing inside the premises and an alleged violent brawl involving security staff.

The 2,400 capacity club was warned six weeks ago that it was in the “last chance saloon” after a customer was attacked by a bouncer in August.

Now the Broad Street venue has had its licence suspended again after a man was stabbed in the leg. Security staff were also accused of using make-shift weapons in a brawl with a group of customers.

The incident happened in the early hours of October 31 at the club’s “Get On It” night.

After the stabbing there was an alleged confrontation between security staff and an aggressive “man in a glittery top” who was with a group of friends.

Licensing chiefs have now suspended the licence pending a full hearing later this month.

They described the incident as “most disturbing” and claimed security staff had used a fire extinguisher, a plastic tub containing chemicals and a tray of glass bottles as weapons.

In a written decision to suspend the licence of the club, the city council’s licensing sub-committee said they had seen the group on CCTV running towards a fire exit being chased by door supervisors at around 3am.

It added: “The supervisors were each carrying a fire extinguisher, a plastic tub containing chemicals and a tray of glasses that were thrown at the men.”

A knife was recovered from the fire exit and later handed to police.

But the violence continued when the same group returned to the front doors of the club in an “agitated state” to continue the confrontation. The two groups later clashed, with the gang of men also assaulting members of the public who were caught up in the violence.

In a report, West Midlands Police Superintendent Andrew Beard said the force would be asking for the full revocation of the licence at the full hearing later this month. Explaining the CCTV showing the ejected men outside the premises, he said: “They (the men) begin to punch out at people, just normal members of the public who had come out of the premises.

“The CCTV shows a male standing by the front doors, he is in no way involved, but one of the group throws two punches, and knocks him out as he falls straight to the floor and just lies there.

“They then continue to punch and attack random people.

“We believe the stabbing happened inside the premises and that we had no call from the premises, this has led to the escalation of the violence, and innocent members of the public being attacked.”

In its decision report, the committee said: “The group of men were the instigators of the disorder, carrying weapons and attacking members of the public randomly.

“There was clearly a disregard for public safety and a lack of responsibility shown to control the conflict by the premises and their door supervisors.

“The sub-committee determined that the causes of the serious disorder originated from the actions of the door men, who behaved irresponsibly and aggressively towards a group of agitated men who had initially been ejected from the premises, and the inability of the club management to deal with the number of incidents that arose inside and outside the premises in a responsible manner at all.

“The sub-committee was particularly perturbed by the fact that despite the premises having being previously warned that it was on a final chance, it had clearly failed to promote the licensing objective.”

During a licencing hearing in September, following an attack involving a bouncer, Pc Abdul Rohoman told councillors that he believed lessons had been learned by the club, but added: “This really is the last chance saloon for these premises. There have been review hearings in the past and this venue already has more conditions on its licence than any other in Birmingham.

“This is about maintaining standards that are very high. The spotlight is on them.”

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