Northampton club to have licence reviewed after 25 police had to ‘deploy batons’ outside

Academy on College Street is subject to a licence review after police attended incidents there.
Academy on College Street is subject to a licence review after police attended incidents there.

A nightclub in Northampton is to have its licence reviewed after police were called out twice to control crowds outside the venue because of ‘disorder and tension’.

Northamptonshire Police has prompted the review of Academy on Gold Street, after two occasions where it says officers had to resort to ‘public order tactics’ to control clubgoers outside the venue.

On one of those occasions, 25 officers had to form a ‘police line’, ‘deploy batons’ and make three arrests.

Now the force is calling for the club’s capacity to be reduced from 550 to 380 and to require its bosses to produce a health and safety management plan every time they run an external promoter event.

It is also calling for owners of the venue to take greater control over ticket sales to such events.

In a statement to be heard before Northampton Borough Council’s licensing committee on Tuesday, March 3, Northamptonshire Police’s licensing officer, Sergeant Martin O’Connell states: “The review relates to two occasions where police were required in numbers to use public order tactics to control crowds directly outside the club due to tension and disorder.”

On Friday, October 24, police were called when more people than expected turned up to see DJ Kyze – a ticketed event at the Gold Street venue ran by external promoters.

Initially there were no concerns with the event, but ‘early on in the night’ police say manager Russel Adinkra called them to say that so many clubgoers had turned up to the event he felt the venue ‘couldn’t cope’.

Officers attended the club and advised management to keep the doors shut.

But Sgt O’Connell said: “This in turn caused numbers of people to be outside the premises and some tension among those that had purchased tickets in advance.”

His statement goes on to say that at 3.40am, scuffles ensued as tensions rose and those with tickets demanded entry to Academy.

The scuffles could not be contained by door staff and 25 police officers were forced to attend the scene.

Three arrests were made but no one was seriously injured following the incident.

Then, in the ‘early hours’ of Sunday, December 28, at the close of another event at the club, the force had to disperse “a large and volatile crowd, some of whom showed hostility towards the police force.”

Sgt O’Connell, said: “It is of note in the police reports into this that no identifiable doorstaff were present.”

The borough council’s licensing sub-committee will consider Northamptonshire Police’s application on Thursday, March 2 at the Guildhall.

Club bosses will be allowed to make representations at that meeting.