Agenda and minutes
Licensing Sub Committee Hearing Panel - Monday, 25th July, 2022 10.00 am
Venue: Council Antechamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension. View directions
Contact: Ian Hinton-Smith
Now contains additional information submitted by GMP.
Consideration was given to the report of the Head of Planning, Building Control and Licensing regarding a Summary Review of the premises licence at Bloom, 100 Bloom Street, Manchester, M1 3LY.
The summary review was requested by GMP following an incident at the premises which took place on Wednesday 29 June 2022. The application was made under section 53(B) of the Licensing Act 2003.
The Hearing Panel considered the written papers, oral representations of all parties as well as the relevant legislation.
GMP addressed the Hearing Panel, informing them that the Licence was issued to Lapwine Ltd on 31 August 2005. Since the interim steps hearing, the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) had changed. GMP, having looked at violent and/or sexual crimes over the previous 12 months, informed the Panel there had been a total of 38 reported. GMP summarised each of these reported crimes to the Panel. GMP informed the Panel of their intent to show video footage, the first of them captured on a Bodycam of a member of the security team on the night in question. The public were excluded from viewing the first piece of video footage. After this, GMP subsequently showed CCTV footage from the night in question to provide context to the chain of events that night, for which the public came back into the room. Part of the CCTV footage showed the offender gaining entry into the club, with the member of the security on the team manually entering the offenders’ details onto the Clubscan system and no ID was checked. GMP clarified that the detail inputted to the Clubscan system were the offenders’ name, their date of birth given as 29 June 2022, the night of the incident, and a picture. GMP felt the offenders’ entry to the club highlighted a level of familiarity with security staff which was of concern. A second piece of CCTV footage showed the offender shadowboxing with a member of security staff, further highlighting a level of familiarity according to GMP.
LOOH questioned if Clubscan had been in place for longer, that GMP would have found it easier to locate the offenders in any of the crimes of the last 12 months. GMP felt it would have assisted them but there were no guarantees.
The Panel sought clarity on whether GMP felt all the crimes discussed had been the fault of the Premises, why a Summary Review had not been applied for following an allegation of serious sexual assault 10 days prior to this and the security company employed at the time. GMP accepted that the crimes were not all the fault of the Premises but stated that they were included to highlight the type of custom that the Premises attracts. GMP accepted that a Summary Review could have been applied for following the allegation of serious sexual assault 10 days prior. GMP informed the Panel that the security company employed by the Premises had changed in January 2022 and was ACS accredited. GMP were unsure on the ... view the full minutes text for item 57.