South West Wales

World Cup penalty for Port Talbot nightclub

A nightclub in Port Talbot will be closed for the duration of the World Cup for licensing breaches, South Wales Police say.

The Eden Club has withdrawn an appeal after its licence was suspended for two months for a disproportionate number of incidents of crime and disorder.

Police said the closure took immediate affect so it would miss out on "busy and lucrative" World Cup trade.

There was no answer at the club when it was called for a comment.

Police said they requested a licensing review following a number of breaches. The suspension will last until 7 August.

Insp Mark Lenihan of the Safer Neath Port Talbot Partnership said: "We have been consistent in our approach when dealing with licensed premises which repeatedly breach their conditions.

"We do this not only to ensure the safety of customers and people enjoying the night-time economy but to protect the staff of those premises as well.

"It is important that licensees support our zero tolerance approach on this issue and I am pleased to say that the vast majority do take their responsibilities extremely seriously and want to work with us.

"In the case of the Eden Club, it will now be closed for what is expected to be a busy and lucrative time of the year for pubs and clubs up and down the country."

South Wales Police said visits to licensed premises held to enforce legislation such as under-age sales and door staff registration would continue throughout the World Cup.

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