Kettering nightclub has hours reduced after spate of violence and disorder

A Kettering nightclub has been told it must close two hours earlier after a spate of fights and underage drinking.
A Kettering nightclub has been told it must close two hours earlier after a spate of fights and underage drinking.
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A Kettering nightclub has been told it must close two hours earlier after a spate of fights and underage drinking.

Aqua, in Gold Street, must now close at 4.30am from Friday to Sunday, having previously shut at 6.30am, and must stop serving alcohol at 4am rather than 6am.

The decision was taken following a licensing committee meeting at Kettering Council after a number of concerns were raised by police.

Last week, a man was jailed for four years after stabbing someone in the club last year.

The meeting heard how on March 6 at 4.15am, two males were assaulted in the rear garden of the premises and then placed, unconscious, in an alleyway by staff.

Ten days later, a man was ejected and used pepper spray on door staff.

There were also a number of incidents of underage drinking, with 17-year-old girls with no ID entering the club.

Concerns were also raised about door staff not wearing hi-viz jackets, a condition for any door staff working after 11pm.

Licence holder Surrinder Duggal said they had hired a new door staff company to take over security at the premises, with police conceding that there had been an improvement.

But Kettering Inspector Adam Ward said that if the premises closed at 2am, 35 to 40 per cent of all violence borough-wide could be eliminated.

He also said that Kettering has the second largest amount of crime in the county after Northampton.

Police had pushed for the premises licence to be revoked or licensable activity to be restricted to 3am.

But the committee decided to restrict alcohol sales to 4am, with the premises closing 30 minutes later.

The premises’ licence was also suspended for four weeks.