Kingston Oceana to remain open after council sets out new licence conditions


The club had its licence revoked following a murder last year.


By SWLondoner staff

Kingston nightclub Oceana will remain open following months of  co-operation between the council, police, local residents and the club’s operator.

The nightclub had its licence revoked after 20-year-old Jamie Sanderson was stabbed to death there last October.

The Met Police had previously said that the club had a ‘culture of criminality’ and that it had the highest associated crime levels in London.

Now, the police have agreed a set of 17 new licence conditions with the owners of the club, including the use of metal detectors, a machine to check the ID of all customers, a reduction in the number of people allowed into the venue and changes to the nights the club will open.

At least four wardens paid for by Oceana’s owners will patrol local streets on nights when the venue is open, rising to six when admissions reach 1,000.

Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said that the council has worked hard with Oceana’s owners to increase people’s safety and improve the experience of visitors to the town centre at night.

“Licensed premises have a duty to provide a safe environment for their customers and the council works hard with its partners and businesses to keep Kingston one of London’s safest boroughs and we will work closely with Oceana to monitor progress,” she said.

Chief Inspector Gary Taylor, Metropolitan Police, Kingston-upon-Thames, said:

“The Metropolitan Police have worked hard with Oceana over the past two years to improve security for their customers. We are satisfied that the conditions agreed will assist in improving the safety of the venue even further. We will be closely monitoring this progress.

The new conditions will be imposed subject to a court hearing before a District Judge.

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