A Northampton nightclub will be forced to restrict its hours of entry to 3am following a series of violent crimes and an alleged sexual assault over the last year.
A licensing committee today ruled that Elysium nightclub, on Horseshoe Street in Northampton, will no longer be allowed to admit customers after 3am and must empty the premises by 4:30 on Mondays to Saturdays.
The hearing took place following an application from Northamptonshire police after they claimed that the nightclub owners were not keeping to safety conditions set over 18 months ago.
The committee heard that, following numerous reports of violence and assaults, the police set measures with the Elysium license holders to improve CCTV coverage around the premises, increase security staff, enforce a stricter search policy, ban glass bottles outside and bar troublemakers.
However, police submitted an application to restrict Elysium’s opening hours to 3.30am after they found that some of these conditions were not being met and late night incidents of violence and public disorder were continuing.
This was because the majority of incidents, including fights, vandalism, mobile phone thefts and one alleged sexual assault, happened past 3am when, police claimed, those involved had had more time to consume alcohol.
Police also reported that Elysium had also been selling alcohol at 5am, even though its license to trade stops at 4am.
Committee chairman Cllr Christopher Malpas said that in order to “minimise the bulk of public safety and disorder problems” Elysium will now have to ban entry past 3am.
This, he said, would avoid intoxicated clubgoers moving there after other town centre bars and clubs close at 3am.
The committee also added further conditions, including additional security staff for large functions as well as notices to customers to reduce noise and anti-social behaviour outside the premises.
The club will also have to have an electronic ID scanner to keep a record of customers’ ID information, which can later be matched to CCTV footage. These cost around £4,000 to install and are already used at some Northampton bars, including Momo in Abington Street, and, soon, NB’s in Bridge Street.
Licensing Sergeant Mark Worthington said: “We are satisfied with the result and we hope to continue working with the venue to ensure no repetition of the incidents that have occurred.”
The Elysium licence holder, Simon Thompson, said he was also satisfied with the result.