A SOCIAL club made subject to a police intervention has been allowed to keep its club premises certificate.

Highcliffe Sports and Social Club will continue to operate, but with several new licencing conditions.

A review of its existing club premises certificate had been requested by Dorset Police.

Officers shared concerns that the club had not supported an active criminal investigation.

It followed a ‘serious incident’ which happened on site in December 2022, with management reportedly “reluctant” to provide a formal statement.

BCP Council’s licensing sub-committee met on January 31 to review the certificate in place for the venue.

The licensing sub-committee acknowledged that mediation had taken place between Bill Donne, representing the social club, and Dorset Police, and that several “appropriate and proportionate conditions had been offered”.

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Members welcomed a specific condition proposed by Dorset Police requiring that the Challenge 25 scheme is promoted at the venue to ensure that all staff are protecting children from harm.

It was also agreed that the club, in Lymington Road, should have one dedicated member of staff for each room that is being used for licensable activities.

The licensing sub-committee felt that if these conditions were applied to the licence and were abided by, that the licensing objectives would be upheld.

Dorset Police also offered assurance that they would continue to support and engage with the club to ensure compliance.

It was concluded that the club premises certificate did not need to be revoked "in light of the new conditions being attached to it".