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Circuit nightclub to reopen after security shake-up following May bank holiday attack

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 May 2016

Circuit nightclub in North Street

Circuit nightclub in North Street

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A popular part-owned Towie nightclub will reopen its doors tonight - a week after it had its licence suspended.

Circuit in North Street, Romford, was granted an interim licence by Havering Council’s licensing sub-committee on Wednesday.

Councillors have performed a U-turn on their decision to close the premises after hearing a number of changes the club had made following an incident on May 2.

Police reports revealed the shocking moment when a member of the club’s door staff kicked a club-goer in the head.

Pc Oisin Daly, of Havering Police, said door staff showed “little ability to manage violence” and “used extreme force”.

Police describe how a brawl inside the club earlier in the night had spiralled out of control, leading to several people being escorted out of the venue.

David Dadds, a barrister representing Circuit, asked the sub-committee to act “proportionately” and that the events earlier this month were not the “normal pattern”.

He said door staff working on the night were no longer employed by Circuit and a new security company “of the highest standards” had been contracted.

Mr Dadds said: “You can and should have the confidence that we will have the very best door team on our premises moving forward.

“They are fully aware of the community and have been fully briefed on what has happened.”

Mr Dadds said keeping the club closed before a full hearing would result in the business losing £80,000 of income.

He added how the closure would have a “very significant impact” with all but three of the 16 staff members losing their jobs.

The barrister said: “The majority of staff employed by the club have families so any closure has a much wider impact.”

Cllr Linda Van den Hende, chairwoman of the licensing sub-committee, granted an interim licence despite acknowledging serious concerns about the management of Circuit and issues of drug taking in the club.

The interim licence has been granted on the basis that a number of conditions being adhered to.

These include that no door staff employed previously work for Circuit in the future, 15 door staff being on the premises at all times, CCTV is monitored by a door staff member and a police briefing goes ahead prior to the opening tonight.

The club will remain open as usual until a full hearing is heard at a later date.

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