Club in Croydon town centre faces closure after stabbing at Tim Westwood gig

Tim Westwood was performing at the club.

Tim Westwood was performing at the club.

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A man was stabbed at a Tim Westwood club night in the town centre over the Easter weekend prompting calls from the police to suspend its licence.

The stabbing took place in the early hours of Easter Monday on April 21 at the 12-20 nightclub, well known previously as Shoosh, at about 2.30am.

Renowned hip hop DJ Tim Westwood was playing a three hour exclusive set at the club that night.

A 26-year-old man was found with stab wounds by police officers and was taken to hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Three other men in their 20s were also assaulted during the incident. Police do not believe the incident is gang related at this time.

In a submission to Croydon Council’s licensing committee, where the police have asked to suspend the club’s licence, they said there was mass disorder inside the premises which then continued out into the street.

Several people have been arrested in connection with the incident and an investigation is still ongoing.

Officers also said in the report they noticed two CCTV cameras were broken and one of them was pixilated.

It also says those involved the incident did not have their ID scanned when entering. Police had apparently also warned the management of the venue that they considered the Tim Westwood set a medium risk event.

PC Darren Rhodes, licensing officer, said in the report: “This venue is the site of disorder most weekends and requires a lot of police resources.

“The owner has failed to demonstrate compliance with PL conditions on all but a few.”

The report also states: “The Metropolitan Police have no confidence in the management of the premises.

“Having considered all options available to me I am of the opinion that this matter is so serious that a standard review procedure would be inappropriate and would not address the risk of further serious crime and disorder were the premises to reopen.”

Jetro Lopes, 20, of Lancing Road, Croydon, has been charged with attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon in relation to the stabbing.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Croydon Magistrates' Court on May 18.

The club’s licence will be reviewed tomorrow morning at a licensing sub-committee meeting.


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12:46pm Thu 1 May 14

Hyper-Deactive says...

Trouble always seems to follow Mr Westwood.
Trouble always seems to follow Mr Westwood. Hyper-Deactive
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11:26am Fri 2 May 14

Dani78 says...

Good old croydon... yet another knife crime.... getting an absolute **** joke.. its scary knowing our kids are growing up in t his **** enviroment.
Good old croydon... yet another knife crime.... getting an absolute **** joke.. its scary knowing our kids are growing up in t his **** enviroment. Dani78
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6:35pm Fri 2 May 14

christhegoth says...

I simply won't drink in Croydon these days. I tried lodging complaints when I was 'done' by agro junkies, but the managers & Police just let them off.

With no way to get my rights upheld I simply won't risk my safety.
I simply won't drink in Croydon these days. I tried lodging complaints when I was 'done' by agro junkies, but the managers & Police just let them off. With no way to get my rights upheld I simply won't risk my safety. christhegoth
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8:36pm Sat 3 May 14

motomoto says...

This music (or bile as i would describe it) is one of the root causes of all gun and knife crime........it is the music of choice for "wannabe gangsters" and fully qualified "gangster rap rude boy rubbish" and regardless of whether you listen to this music or perform this music you will end up on the recieving end of a gun or a knife, yet strange how so many people in society fail to see this connection........i think that the sale and production of this "bile" should be totally banned for the sake of "normal society !"
This music (or bile as i would describe it) is one of the root causes of all gun and knife crime........it is the music of choice for "wannabe gangsters" and fully qualified "gangster rap rude boy rubbish" and regardless of whether you listen to this music or perform this music you will end up on the recieving end of a gun or a knife, yet strange how so many people in society fail to see this connection........i think that the sale and production of this "bile" should be totally banned for the sake of "normal society !" motomoto
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7:39pm Sun 4 May 14

christhegoth says...

@Dani78: Who is the Chair of Croydon Pubs? Esther Sutton ( Green Party ).

Who has a relaxed view on drugs? The Green Party.

What's going wrong in Central Croydon? Drugs, & the violence it causes.

That's it in a nutshell from what I can see.
@Dani78: Who is the Chair of Croydon Pubs? Esther Sutton ( Green Party ). Who has a relaxed view on drugs? The Green Party. What's going wrong in Central Croydon? Drugs, & the violence it causes. That's it in a nutshell from what I can see. christhegoth
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