'A lot safer than year ago': Boris policing aide visits Oceana on anniversary of Jamie Sanderson murder (From Surrey Comet)
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'A lot safer than year ago': London deputy mayor for policing Stephen Greenhalgh visits Kingston Oceana on anniversary of Jamie Sanderson murder
Oceana manager Dan Corry shows borough commander Glenn Tunstall and Stephen Greenhalgh around the soon to be renamed club
London’s deputy mayor for policing has visited Oceana nightclub a year to the day a clubber was stabbed to death – and insisted lessons had been learned since the tragedy.
Stephen Greenhalgh congratulated staff and officers on the dramatic 85 per cent reduction in crime at the venue in the same week Kingston was named the capital’s safest borough in the latest Metropolitan Police figures.
His visit on October 25 coincided with the first anniversary of Jamie Sanderson’s murder inside Oceana – although Mr Greenhalgh claimed the date was a coincidence.
Mr Greenhalgh said: “I am aware of the stabbing a year ago but did not plan with that in mind.
“It is tragic when we see a loss of life but lessons have been learned and important developments have been made.”
Mr Greenhalgh was shown around the venue and given a demonstration of the Scan Net system, which has been credited with helping reduce crime in Oceana by 85 per cent since Mr Sanderson’s death.
Dan Corry, left, shows Glenn Tunstall and Stephen Greenhalgh the Scan Net system
His visit also came two weeks before the club officially relaunches as Pryzm, following a £1m refurbishment.
Mr Greenhalgh said: “The Scan Net system works incredibly well.
“It is so important that the management work with the police and make this environment safe.
“The venue is a lot safer than it was a year ago.”
Neighbourhood police chief inspector Gary Taylor said plans to install Scan Net, which operates in five late night venues in Kingston, were in place “way before that sad, unfortunate incident” of the stabbing one year ago.
He said: “It was a kind of partnership led by the police and we part funded it.
“We go through the process of the security every six months.
“What has gone wrong and why. We never stop looking at how to make it better.”
Mr Corry, who was in charge when Mr Sanderson died, said: “The crime within Oceana has had an 85 per cent decrease.
“It is important that nothing like that [Mr Sanderson’s death] ever happens again.
“The re-branding is a chance to move the club in a new direction.”
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