Bar113 licence suspended

A Hounslow bar and nightclub has been closed after police called for an emergency review of its licence.

Published: Monday, 31st October 2016

A Hounslow bar and nightclub has been closed after police called for an emergency review of its licence.

Bar 113, in High Street, Hounslow, was ordered to be temporarily closed after police found it had become a hotspot for crime and anti-social behaviour. An incident of assault left three people injured, earlier this month (October).

A special licensing review of the premises by Hounslow Council’s Licensing Panel took place last week (Thursday 20 October). After hearing comments from the police, the panel decided that the licence should be suspended with immediate effect.

The licence suspension means that the owner cannot use the premises for any form of licensable activity, including the selling of alcohol or playing of music. If the suspension is breached it could result in up to six months in prison and an unlimited fine.

Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said: “The licensing panel has acted quickly and appropriately.

“What happened at Bar 113 was extremely serious. The premises has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour which if not dealt with properly could have resulted in more serious incidents.

“Our priority and that of the police, is to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors and we will do everything we can to stop anti-social behaviour like this taking place in our borough.”

The full review of Bar 113 is undertaken within 28 days in line with legislation.

Superintendent Mark Payne, of Hounslow Police, said: “Bar 113 has been a focal point for crime and anti-social behaviour for the last 12 months. This culminated in a serious assault on 20 October.

“It had been monitored by police and the council for some time and despite repeated engagement with the manager and premises, they have failed to comply with the conditions of the licence. Police have closed the venue for 28 days so that a full licensing review can take place.”

The licence holder was informed of the outcome and has until today, Monday 31 October to submit representations before a full review of the premises licence will be held on Tuesday 8 November.

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