Your say: Was it right to close 'crime club' Essence over 30-man brawl?

Surrey Comet: Was it right to close 'crime club' Essence over 30-man brawl? Was it right to close 'crime club' Essence over 30-man brawl?

Essence had its licence removed this week after clubbers took part in a 30-man brawl.

Faris Al-Jawad asked Kingston shoppers whether poor management was to blame for high crime figures or whether businesses were being scapegoated.

Surrey Comet:

Chad Edwards, 20-year-old student from Kingston said: "The club has to regulate who goes in but at the same time these people are adults, obviously they go out to have a good time but don’t ruin everyone else’s fun. 

"I guess they need to be stricter on who they let in otherwise they’re bound to get trouble."

Surrey Comet:

Vicky Crane, 40, a mother from Kingston said: "If they want to keep it, they need better security that actually do their jobs rather than stand there looking clever.

"If my children go into a club when they’re teenagers, I’d hope the people who run the establishment are doing everything the right way.”

Surrey Comet:

Michelle Newman, a 39-year-old salesperson from Kingston, said: "You’ll never stop people going out fighting, once alcohol is involved, whether or not everyone’s doing their job properly.

"If someone’s got the hump, they’re going to start. You’ve just got to have a good team around you to stop it quick, before it ends up in a 30 man brawl."

Surrey Comet:

Lance Fleming, 20, salesperson from Kingston, said: "The manager’s are not strict enough about people going in drunk.

"They should have bouncers and a copper there so they can see if someone’s acting a bit suspicious and wanting to cause a bit of trouble and so it’s more secure for people who are going into clubs.”

Surrey Comet:

Edison Lodetti, 49, a shop owner from Kingston, said: "If people are drunk it’s very difficult to control them. I’ve never seen any problem at that club. 

"Kingston is very strict. If you don’t have ID you don’t go in. Some clubs if you don’t have a girl you don’t go in. The bouncers here are very strict. The problem is not the club."

Surrey Comet:

Annie Poulter, 47, a holiday consultant from Thames Ditton (pictured with Ivan Brown), said: "It’s down to the management and who they allow in.

"They should make sure the ID is proper ID because an Oyster card is not proper identification. If they’re letting that slip through their fingers it could attract a bad crowd."

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10:27am Sat 11 Jan 14

Sandrog says...

Yes they were right to close the club. The people of Kingston have every right to live in a peaceful way, without having to put up with the noise and trouble this nightclub has been causing
Yes they were right to close the club. The people of Kingston have every right to live in a peaceful way, without having to put up with the noise and trouble this nightclub has been causing Sandrog

2:08pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Bum face says...

100% right thing to do ,,, that's 1 down & many many more to go !!!
100% right thing to do ,,, that's 1 down & many many more to go !!! Bum face

8:18pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Ricademus says...

Exactly the right thing to do, there should be more nightclubs closed down in Kingston, there are too many of them now, causing so much trouble in a town that is a nice town. There are too many drunks in Kingston nowadays.
Exactly the right thing to do, there should be more nightclubs closed down in Kingston, there are too many of them now, causing so much trouble in a town that is a nice town. There are too many drunks in Kingston nowadays. Ricademus

10:13am Sun 12 Jan 14

crawdaddy says...

People have died at these so called 'clubs'.
A club for drunken,bad behaviour and most weekends violence I expect.
Close them all down and Kingston will be a safer place after 9pm.
When I was a youngster in Kingston in the '60's and '70's there were no night clubs but we always had a good time at the weekend.
People have died at these so called 'clubs'. A club for drunken,bad behaviour and most weekends violence I expect. Close them all down and Kingston will be a safer place after 9pm. When I was a youngster in Kingston in the '60's and '70's there were no night clubs but we always had a good time at the weekend. crawdaddy

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