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BREAKING NEWS: V Club licence revoked
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- V Club in Exeter Road has been closed since February 12 following a serious stabbing incident.
- Ben Selby, 29, was scarred for life and three of his friends, including a young woman, suffered minor knife wounds.
- Gary Bennetton has taken over the premises and has pledged to make major changes if he is allowed to reopen it.
- After a day long meeting, the licensing committee has voted to revoke the licence.
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We're just hearing that the licence has been revoked. More to follow
Just finished licensing. V licence is revoked!— @CllrChrisW 07 March 2013
We have now moved on to the police evidence, which is all private and confidential. I am unable to stay in the room for any of this so will have to wait until later on for a decision. I'm told this review hearing could take most of the day.
Mr Bennetton's solicitor says that a full health and safety risk assessment was completed yesterday. He asked if this would allay environment health's concerns and was told it would.
In response to a question from Cllr Kelsey, Mr Sims confirms that the documents he was looking for are easily available online. He said they are "essentially a cut and paste exercise."
Environmental health officer Ben Sims is asked by Cllr Rey whether the difficulty in getting information from V was unusual.
He said: "it's very unusual. Most people, because of the nature of my job, respond very quickly. Most people reply to my letters, I received no correspondence whatsoever here. It was only from persistent digging that I got somewhere and I still haven't got what I want."
Environmental health continued to chase a risk assessment and details of their health and safety arrangements.
He said he still hasn't been able to visit the club, although he has asked to, and said he had not yet received a health and safety risk assessment. He said he had received a statement of intent regarding health and safety.
He sought further clarification from Richard Carr and received a short email saying "contact Gary" and CC'ing in Gary Bennetton from the Orange Rooms.
He eventually got some of the info he was looking for, but not all of it. Further email correspondence occurred.
He received four "very short" emails from Richard Carr. He said he was no longer involved in V. He provided one report but not all the information that environmental health were looking for.
He had to chase up this audit several times as it was not forthcoming. He said Richard Carr was his contact at V at that time.
He was then informed of the stabbing that occurred in February. He requested copies of policies and risk assessments at V.
We are now hearing from a senior environmental health officer, who is outlining all the correspondence and contact he has had with V.
He said he was promised by Richard Carr last December that a health and safety audit was to be carried out.
Cllr Morgan reminds members they should not focus on new licence but are there to review what has happened at V in the past.
I think our presence here could be very short-lived. It looks like we will be allowed to stay to hear evidence from environmental health but will be have to leave for all of the police evidence. Apparently none of this is in the public domain.
The meeting is chaired by Cllr Andrew Morgan. He starts by proposing a 10 minute break so that discussions between legal representatives can take place.
The meeting is about to start. There is a risk we might be excluded from some of the proceedings but we will report as much as we can.
This meeting of the licensing board is very busy, with police and applicant represented.