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Violent' club will stay shut

PUBLISHED: 09:24 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:02 25 August 2010

A NIGHTCLUB is to remain closed after council bosses refused to reissue its licence following a string of violent incidents outside their venue.

A NIGHTCLUB is to remain closed after council bosses refused to reissue its licence following a string of violent incidents outside their venue.

The premises licence for N-Tyce, in Wellington Street, Woolwich, was revoked last Monday following a police request to close the venue in December for serious disorder.

In November and December last year CCTV showed fights involving bouncers, a man drop-kicking a woman in the face, robberies and a bottle attack.

Greenwich Police called for an immediate closure of the club on December 15.

Last Monday, Greenwich council agreed that no further conditions would help stem the violence at the R&B, Hip Hop, Ragga and Afro-beats club.

On N-Tyce's website, management wrote that it was "fighting a losing battle with the authorities".

The notice continued: "We thank you for all your support over the years and will continue to fight for a chance to provide our people an entertainment venue.

"We are still part of the British community and we will not hide and die off."

In October 2007 N-Tyce's joint licence holder, Emeka Osisioma, said the council was "old fashioned" for reducing his weekend closing time from 6.30am to 4.30am.

Clubbers had a history of upsetting residents by waking them up as they left the venue, despite managers putting up signs asking for quiet.

London Assembly Member Len Duvall, the former chair of the Metropolitan Police Association and a resident of Market Street, Woolwich, was among the outraged neighbours.

He wrote to the council on December 30 complaining that bouncers were often seen involved in violence.

He wrote: "We believe if action is not taken there will be serious harm or indeed loss of life either of N-Tyce customers or local residents."

Neither of N-Tyce's owners were available to comment. They have until February 2 to appeal the decision.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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