Sussex

Thursday's Nightclub agrees to shut for two weeks

A West Sussex nightclub has agreed to close for two weeks and then cut its opening hours after it "caused distress" to residents.

The changes to Thursday's Nightclub in Oving, Chichester were agreed at a hearing of Chichester District Council's licensing sub-committee.

Sussex Police said it was the first hearing of its kind in Chichester.

The club's owners and police agreed the changes, which also include stopping alcohol sales an hour earlier.

Chief Insp Alistair Darge said police would not tolerate any further violence and drunkenness.

'Wake-up call'

Police said the suspension of the licence was necessary to act as a deterrent to Thursday's and other problem premises.

The 14-day suspension will allow the appointment of new staff, staff training and the installation of CCVT inside and outside the premises.

Alcohol sales will now stop at 02:30 instead of 03:30 and the club will close at 03:30 instead of 04:30.

A bus taking customers into Chichester will now stop at 03:00 instead of 04:30. The venue has also been ordered to install an identification entry system to allow any offenders to be identified by police.

"Constructive discussions between the police and premises management prior to the hearing meant we were able to submit to the committee a raft of measures and conditions which we believe will ensure the premises is well run in the future," said Jean Irving, Sussex Police licensing manager.

Solicitor for the nightclub, James Andersn, said the review application had been "something of a wake-up call" for his clients.

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