If We Follow This To Its Logical Conclusion…

Troubled Bournemouth nightspot V Club has had its licence revoked, following a serious stabbing there last month.

Licensing chiefs voted to take the drastic measure after a day spent hearing evidence from police, who claimed the premises was associated with serious crime.

‘Associated with’ it in the sense their customers cause it. But should we blame a business for what its customers do? The police have set a precedent with football clubs, I suppose…

So, sorry, Birmingham bus passengers, the police are going to ask that the bus service stop running. You’ll have to walk in future.

So what heinous crimes have been recorded, apart from the usual drunken fights?

The vast majority of the town hall hearing was held behind closed doors but evidence from senior environmental health officer Ben Sims was heard in public.

He attempted to carry out a health and safety inspection of V after being told by senior licensing officer Sarah Rogers that “the premises to me feel that there is an accident waiting to happen.”

Oh? Was the dance floor coated in giant metal spikes? Were the light fittings wired to the mains?

She had particular concerns about a hot tub installed at the premises, saying: “It just does not seem right that there is a hot tub available given the level of intoxication at the premises and the fact that it was not monitored exclusively by anybody.”

So, a nightclub should provide lifeguards?

She said she spotted a “drunk” couple “clearly trying to have sex” .

Ummm…. Was she jealous?

Mr Sims then spent four months asking Richard Carr and other club personnel to provide him with the relevant health and safety policies and risk assessments. He told councillors he had still not managed to visit the premises or get all the information he needed.

When asked whether this was unusual, he said: “It’s very unusual.

Most people, because of the nature of my job, respond very quickly.

Most people reply to my letters but I received no correspondence whatsoever.

“It was only from persistent digging that I got somewhere though I still haven’t got what I want.

Ah. I get the feeling that this is purely because a council official hasn’t been treated with the respect and instant compliance he thinks he deserves. And because the police want an easy life.

Well, sorry. That’s no way to run an economy, or a society, is it?

10 comments for “If We Follow This To Its Logical Conclusion…

  1. Viscount Rectum
    March 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Associated with serious crime eh, better arrest your local priest, or better still arrest the Alf Garnet lookalike who has just taken over the Vatican.

  2. XPC
    March 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    You may be right about council officials and there offensive attitude but before we condemn this as creeping totalitarianism we should remember: These are licenced premises. The law pertains as to how and to whom alcohol is sold and for very good reason. The licencee must maintain good order within his premises and is forbidden to sell alcohol to intoxicated persons for good reason. Excess alcohol consumption is related to the level of violence (ask any A & E). Why is there a hot tub in the place? Is this really a good idea? The licencee has responsibilities to his customers. If he is not meeting them or ignoring the law, his right to hold a licence can be challenged and this has been the case long before councils got their money grubbing hands on the alcohol trade.

    • March 16, 2013 at 7:16 am

      “Excess alcohol consumption is related to the level of violence (ask any A & E). “

      I’ve no doubt. But why not punish the people that abuse it? No nightclub has ever poured drink down the throat of an unwilling customer, has it?

  3. March 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Was the club run by Luigi Vercotti and his brother Vince? Hence V Club?

  4. amfortas
    March 15, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Reminds me of the tale from my RAF days long ago, of the ‘Inspection’ of the station Church by the CO of a base. He was accompanied, of course, by a retinue which included the SWO (Station Warrant Officer – RAF version of the Regimental Sergeant Major).

    The CO hearing the echos in the building said quietly, “I don’t think much of the acoustics in here”. The SWO’s brow darkened with a scowl. He looked around for someone to blame and boomed out, “Yessah. Don’t you worry Sah! I will make sure someone ‘as ’em all cleaned by termorra morning”.

    • March 16, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Oh, that’s brilliant! 😆

  5. John
    March 15, 2013 at 7:23 am

    There is a lot more to this story than you will glean from reading this single article. Mr Carr and Bournemouth Council have a history going back over more than 25 years, and he’s not exactly been a saint.

    • March 16, 2013 at 6:52 am

      Well, I doubt many saints want to run nightclubs. But shouldn’t the rule of law apply? We punish him for what we can prove he’s done, not for what we suspect he might be up to?

  6. Single Acts of Tyranny
    March 15, 2013 at 8:22 am

    One presumes then following another arrest of an MP for drunken brawling in a bar, the bars at the house of commons must now be closed?

    • March 16, 2013 at 7:13 am


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