Decision day looms for controversial Kingston nightclub after mass brawl leads to licence suspension


Essence will have its licence suspended, modified or revoked at a meeting on Monday


By SWLondoner staff

Frustrated residents in Kingston will find out next week whether a nightclub close to their homes will have its licence suspended, modified or revoked.

Essence nightclub, in Bucklands Wharf, had its licence suspended in December following a mass brawl in which a group of men brandished scaffolding poles taken from a nearby development.

Councillors are set to meet at the Guildhall on Monday January 6 to make a decision on the club.

Last month, police released images of those involved in the conflict in an attempt to identify the men.

The fight, which resulted in two people being taken to hospital with serious head injuries and five people being arrested, was captured on a camera by a security guard.

Kingston Police borough commander Glenn Tunstall said: “I am pleased that Kingston’s licensing sub committee recognised the gravity of the disorder that my officers faced at Essence nightclub on the night in question and decided to revoke their licence pending a future hearing.

“The situation faced by my officers was totally unacceptable and both the residents of Kingstonand those who visit our night-time economy have a right to expect better.

“It is my intention to ensure that Kingston remains London’s safest borough and as part of that we will robustly utilise all the powers available to us, to ensure that we build on our current outstanding crime reduction performance.

Anyone who recognises the people in the photos, or has any other information, should call Kingston Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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