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Bouncers shut us out'

PUBLISHED: 18:37 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:51 25 August 2010

THE bar where six teenagers were stabbed last Saturday has been closed on request of the police, writes Jules Cooper.

THE bar where six teenagers were stabbed last Saturday has been closed on request of the police, writes Jules Cooper.

The Metro bar, in Station Road, Sidcup, had its licence suspended at an emergency council meeting on Tuesday night.

The venue was also slammed by a teenager who witnessed the stabbing last Saturday night, who was 'shocked' that bouncers allegedly locked the clubs doors rather than helping the stabbed teens.

Tarik Ozregberoglu, 17, from Sidcup, said of the moment when 18-year-old Rob Knox was killed: "People got scared and some of the girls were screaming, banging on the windows trying to get in. Some went across the road, some were calling for the police.

"The bouncers were not letting people back in the pub and would not let anyone out. People were saying 'please open the doors'.

"They were probably trying to protect people on the inside, but not the people on the outside. They did not come on the scene at all.

"I just think the bouncers that night were pathetic. They need to be taught something because they did not know what to do."

Manager Lee Bentley said: "The people who banged on the door were allowed back in, but you don't let a pub full of people out and get stabbed too.

"He is not going to go into the street and try and get a knife off someone and I don't blame him at all."

Each of the doormen had undertaken a course run by the council, but the council refused to comment on its requirements.

Police demanded that the premises introduce metal detectors, upgrade their CCTV, and challenge anyone looking under 25.

A full licence review is due on June 20 but the bar is to be re-opened on June 2.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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