Ilford shooting: Week left for people to have say on future of heavily criticised Krystel club

13:18 08 March 2012

Police outside Krystel Banqueting following the shooting

Police outside Krystel Banqueting following the shooting

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People wanting to have their say on the future of a club closed down after a man was shot through the abdomen have less than a week to make their submissions.

Krystel Banqueting, in High Road, Ilford, was closed down last Thursday because it could have been the scene of “immediate and violent retaliation” following the shooting.

A 22-year-old man was shot while on the club’s dancefloor at around 4.40am on February 26 after a drunken brawl.

He is now in a stable condition in hospital.

The venue’s management was branded “inept and incompetent” in a damning report to the council by Pc John Brady, a Redbridge licensing officer.

He said management has been “all too keen to shirk responsibility and shift blame”.

Mr Brady said: “Police have no trust in this current regime to do the right thing.”

The licensing committee, which gathered last week in Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, heard how the police investigation has been hampered because no CCTV was working at the club and of failings in how the venue was run.

Stuart Walker, a council legal officer who delivered the committee’s decision, said: “We consider there is a serious risk of immediate and violent retaliation or other acts of serious crime and disorder at the premises.”

Representations on the licence review of the venue, in relation to it “failing to prevent serious crime and disorder”, must be submitted to Redbridge Council by Wednesday, March 14.

They can be submitted by emailing liquor.licensing@redbridge.gov.uk, or by writing to: Licensing Authority, Perth Terrace, Perth Road, Ilford, Essex, IG2 6AT.

The full licence review must take place by March 28.

Around 100 people were in the venue at the time of the shooting.

No arrests have been made and Operation Trident Gang Crime Command investigators are not ruling out that the shooting was gang-related. A doorman was also shot at the venue 14 months ago but was not seriously hurt.

The licence holder, Mohibul Hoque, of Canterbury Avenue, Ilford, went to Bangladesh following the shooting and it has not been possible to contact him.

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