Update Friday 22nd April
Tower Hamlets Licensing Sub-Committee yesterday agreed to REVOKE the Premises Licence for the nightclub at 562a Mile End Road where Kelvin Easton was murdered on 27th March (aka Boheme London; aka Broke London)
PC Cruickshank gave evidence for the Metropolitan Police who had triggered the review after the incident at the club on the 27th March that resulted in the death of Kelvin Easton. They provided strong robust evidence of how the licence had been breached:-
- no CCTV recording equipment was being used.
- there was no risk assessment as required by the Police ( a risk assesment would have allowed the police to provide the club with valuable information they may have had about the promoters)
- the club was operating past the licensing hours
- security had been very relaxed on the night and the knife bought into the club was not detected (in private the committee were shown CCTV footage from camaras on the street showing people entering from the side door without being checked).
After the police evidence was given two local Councilors, Cllr Rachael Saunders (Mile End East) and Cllr. Joshua Peck (Bow West) and residents Mark Taylor (Chair of MERA) and Stuart McCran (Chair of Eaton Terrace Residents Association) spoke to the committee highlighting the public nuisance aspect of the club’s activities and the behaviour of its customers in local streets.
After Benn Wilson (Licensee) and Ray Jezzard (Head of Security) had a chance to put their case.
The committee then retired to consider their decision which was licence revoked.
The Chair summed up the Committee’s decision:-
The Committee has listened carefully to both sides. On balance we find that:
- Members found that on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March 2011 the club was in breach of its licensing conditions 9, 10 and 13. Members accepted the police evidence that the security protocol that night might not have operated in accordance with the licence conditions.
- It was noted that Mr Wilson admitted that on the night the club operated in breach of condition 5 (CCTV cameras) and condition 11 (last entry time). Members accepted the police evidence that Mr Dante Williams, General Manager, was unaware of the licensing conditions and on balance Members accepted what the interested parties said in relation to the nuisance created by the club.
- It was noted that on 26th & 27th March 2011 a young man was fatally stabbed on the premises by a knife. In view of Mr Wilson and Mr Williams admitted roles in the police investigation Members were unable to accept that Mr Wilson would honour the existing licensing conditions in the future. Therefore there were no additional conditions that were considered appropriate to promote the licensing objectives. Therefore the licence for Boheme was revoked because the club had failed to promote the prevention of crime and disorder, prevention of public nuisance and public safety.
- RESOLVED – That the licence for Boheme, 561a Mile End Road, London E3 4PH be Revoked.
A full account can be found here – Broke-Boheme Nightclub Licence Revoked.
Taken from the LBTH website in supporting documentation – Download PDF here
Statement from Dante Williams (General Manager – Boheme) 27th March 2011.
Statement from Dante Williams (General Manager – Boheme) 30th March 2011.
Witness statement from Benn Wilson (Licensee) 31st March 2011
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