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Nottinghamshire bar has licence revoked after underage drinking and ‘serious disorder’

A bar with a history of crime problems had its licence revoked after hosting a music event without carrying out agreed checks on the doors.

Madisons Lounge Bar and Bistro, in Carter Gate, Newark, had previously lost a licensing review after “serious crime and disorder” took place at the venue in 2020.

The earlier hearing, in November last year, decided to revoke its licence.

However, the venue submitted an appeal to the magistrates’ court, allowing the decision to be suspended until its appeal was heard.

Council documents say Newark and Sherwood District Council and Nottinghamshire Police were then approached this summer, with Madisons’ licensing representative proposing terms for a new licence.

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The council and the police were told that, if a new licence application was submitted and conditions relating to crime and disorder could be agreed upon, the venue would be willing to drop its appeal.

Documents say several conditions were then agreed, but details “relating to door staff, CCTV and the identity of the designated premises supervisor… proved difficult to resolve”.

This was when police discovered the ‘special event’ was due to take place in September 2021, consisting of UK drill and rap music similar to the Chicago drill scene.

Newark and Sherwood District Council states in its documents the “music is often associated with urban gangs”.

The documents add Nottinghamshire Police were “concerned about the potential for violence”, with additional officers deployed to monitor the event.

When police attended they found many of the ‘safeguards’ agreed by the manager had not been met.

These included having less than half the number of agreed door staff, no monitoring of queue numbers, no use of knife detection equipment, and underage drinking.

The council and police then agreed there was “no benefit in continuing to try and work with Madisons to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome”.

The council pushed ahead with the appeal and said it would provide evidence from the event to revoke the licence.

The appeal was then withdrawn and its licence was revoked.

Documents state: “The licensing representative has now confirmed they have formally withdrawn their appeal application.

“This now means that the revocation of the licence is confirmed and any new operator of the premises will need to submit a new application for consideration by the council.”

The venue confirmed in a social media statement it was closing the doors at its current venue.

The statement said: “It is with great regret that, due to the local authority, they are making it impossible for us to stay open.

“Along with the Covid lockdown, we have decided to shut the doors at Newark.

“Keep an eye on our page for our new location. We would like to thank all our customers and our staff for their support and hard work, we hope to see you all soon at our new location.”

The incidents at Madisons will be reviewed by Newark and Sherwood District Council’s licensing committee on November 11.

The case is to be noted by councillors, with the outcome already completed and no decision required.

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