Cheltenham club licence review after 'drink game' death

A Cheltenham social club is having its licence reviewed, following the death of a man after excessive drinking.

Nigel Russell, 51, collapsed in the bar of Hillview Community Centre at Up Hatherley on 17 April 2010, after consuming various alcoholic drinks.

He never regained consciousness and died in hospital the following day.

Gloucestershire Police have asked the borough council to review the club's licence. Nobody from the club has been available for comment.

'Serious circumstances'

A report to the council's licensing sub-committee said: "Some of the alcohol was served directly and some by participation in a drinking game with four other members."

Pc Andy Cook, licensing officer for Cheltenham, said: "Gloucestershire police seek to review licensing conditions where circumstances are serious enough to warrant intervention by the licensing committee.

"This particular case involves the death of a club member that was linked directly to the amount of alcohol that he had consumed at the Hillview Social Club.

"It is therefore appropriate that the licensing committee is involved in decisions as to the future of the premises and any limitations or conditions that should be applied to the licences that it holds."

The review is take place on 21 March.

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