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Bar temporarily closed by councillors after Christmas Eve stabbing
Barcadia has been closed by councillors after a drinker was stabbed in the neck in the early hours of Christmas Eve.
The emergency licensing committee of Kingston Council withdrew the 130 capacity club's licence after hearing from police that the the level of crime at the venue was out of proportion to its limited size.
The bar's licence will be suspended until a full review has been held some time within 28 days but likely to be after the New Year.
It is the second club closed over the festive period after Essence's licence was also withdrawn following a 30 man brawl.
Councillor Andrew Day, who chaired the hearing, said: "We felt there was a decision on the basis of the alleged things that had happened since April and that we felt they didn't make a strong enough case for just imposing conditions."
The hearing this morning had considered written evidence from town centre Chief Inspector Gary Taylor that the bar, opposite superclub Pryzm, had failed to act on conditions imposed in April.
He said: "Despite the modification on 18th April to its premise licence, Barcadia continues to have excessive levels of crime connected to its operation.
"Also of concern is the lack of compliance with the new conditions.
"On the morning of 15th September 2013, I myself observed the venue failing to operate a document reading and checking machine, as required by condition number 40 on the premise licence."
Barcadia's owner and management were also at the hearing.#
It told clubbers on its Facebook page: "Due to unforseen circumstances Barcadia will be closed from tonight until further notice.
"If you have purchased any New Year's Eve tickets please message us so we can arrange a refund. From all of us here we wish everyone a Happy New Years."
The alleged crimes connected to Barcadia listed by police:
April 19: Suspect admitted to damaging a vehicle and in interview stated that he had been in Barcadia earlier and would have not committed the damage if he had been sober
April 28: Suspect head butts the victim in the face
May 2: Theft of handbag and contents
May 8: Victim had her mobile phone stolen after leaving Barcadia; it is believed that she was drunk
May 9: Theft of mobile phone whilst inside Barcadia
May 16: Police attend outside the venue where a disturbance is taking place. The suspect pushes the officer and is restrained with the assistance of door security of Oceana Nightclub.
May 31: Assault taking place within Barcadia, where the female victim was punched several times in the face.
June 1: Theft of purse and contents whilst within Barcadia
June 9: Theft of mobile phone
June 15: Theft of mobile phone
July 4: Victim attended Barcadia to collect his drunk wife, whilst inside the venue the victim alleges that he was assaulted by door staff. (CCTV supplied to police was apparently a blank)
July 10: It is alleged that the drunk suspect has thrown a glass/ bottle towards staff. This offence took place outside after the suspect had left Barcadia
July 13: Theft of a mobile phone
July 21: Whilst within the venue the victim alleges that he was punched in the face. It is believed that the victim was drunk at the assault.
August 17: Male detained by door staff after stealing property from five victims whilst inside Barcadia
August 30: Victim alleges that a female spat at his face
August 30: Theft of bag and contents (Victim admits to having “quite a lot to drink”)
September 25: Theft of mobile phone
September 25: Theft of mobile phone
October 7: Both parties who are described as being drunk after leaving Barcadia are involved in a domestic incident within Kingston town centre.
October 13: The suspect was involved in an altercation whilst inside Barcadia and was ejected. On seeing the other party leaving the venue he arms himself with a broken bottle and slashes the arm of the victim, who sustains a 10 inch open wound. Further police officers are required to disperse the crowd.
October 28: Door window of Barcadia damaged by unknown means by believed person who was being ejected from the venue.
November 22: Theft of jacket and mobile phone
December 7: Theft of purse and contents
December 10: Two males who had been in Barcadia earlier are assaulted o/s Kingston BR Station by two males who had also been in Barcadia
December 11: Theft of a jacket
December 20: Male punched in the face whilst within Barcadia
December 24: Male is ‘glassed’ in the neck with a wine glass
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