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Contact: Claudia Wakefield, Senior Governance Officer
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Licensing Act 2003 - Full Review of Premises Licences for Kings Bull venue and external garden at 2 North Street, Barking, IG11 8ET
This review followed interim measures imposed at a summary review by the Licensing Sub-Committee of the premises licences issued by the Authority to OG Real Dreams Ltd (“the respondent”) at a hearing on 22 July as a consequence of a request made by the Metropolitan Police (“the applicant”) under Section 53A of the Licensing Act 2003. This followed allegations of serious crime and disorder emanating from the premises known as the Kings Bull, 2 North Street, Barking, IG11 8ET and the Kings Bull external area at the same address.
The hearing commenced with a report from the Licencing Authority which outlined a summary of the applicant’s case for the review. This related to an incident that took place at the premises on 17 July 2022 at a ticketed and externally co-promoted event, that initially due to a dispute over money from ticket sales, led to several altercations and scuffles inside the premises involving groups of males associated with two promoters. The altercations continued outside the venue and resulted in a serious act of violence which left a victim with life changing injuries.
As a result of the Sub-Committee’s consideration of the matter at the summary review on 22 July 2022, and after hearing representations from all parties, it was agreed to suspend the premises licenses with immediate effect pending the full review.
The Licensing report included details of representations made in support of the review application under all four licensing objectives, namely the Prevention of Crime & Disorder, Protection of Children from Harm, Public Nuisance and Public Safety from the Council’s Licensing Authority Responsible Authority Officer (LARAO) and two residents, the latter of which included video evidence presented at the meeting to demonstrate the amount of traffic, general noise and disturbance, including drunk and disorderly behaviour generated by patrons of the venue. In addition, 26 representations of support of the premises were received made up to local business, residents and customers, the details of which were set out as an appendix to the report. Finally for the record the report also included details of the existing licenses and a copy of the decision notice from the hearing on 22 July 2022.
The Sub-Committee then heard from the applicant, being the Metropolitan Police Service, in their capacity as a Relevant Authority under the Licensing Act 2003. At the outset so as to set the context for their application a video was played. This showed an incident that occurred on 18 June at approximately 4am involving a vehicle travelling up and down Clockhouse Avenue, attempting to run over a group of people, that eventually resulted in a collision with a parked car in North Street, opposite the premise, followed by people from the premise chasing the driver, and a subsequent altercation ensuing.
Mr Michael Feeney, Barrister acting on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service then presented their report. He explained that whilst the trigger for the summary review was the violent assault that took place on 17 July, the extreme serious nature of ... view the full minutes text for item 2.