Agenda and draft minutes

Licensing Sub-Committee (4) - Friday 6th January, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Rooms 5, 6 & 7 - 17th Floor, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6 QP. View directions

Contact: Jonathan Deacon  Email: Tel: 020 7641 2783

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To report any changes to the membership.


There were no changes to the Membership.


Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members and Officers of any personal or prejudicial interests in matters on this agenda.


There were no declarations of interest.


Rah Rah Rooms, 215-217 Piccadilly, W1 pdf icon PDF 4 MB



Ward /


Impact Area

Site Name and Address


Licensing Reference Number


St James’s Ward / not in cumulative impact area

Rah Rah Rooms, 215-217 Piccadilly, W1

Initial consideration for any interim measures pending the full review of the premises licence








Friday 6th January 2017


Membership:              Councillor Jean-Paul Floru (Chairman), Councillor Nick Evans and Councillor Murad Gassanly


Legal Adviser:             Barry Panto

Policy Adviser:            Chris Wroe

Committee Officer:     Jonathan Deacon

Presenting Officer:     Sumeet Anand-Patel


Applicant:                    Metropolitan Police.


Present:    PC Adam Deweltz, PC Mike Day and PC Toby Janes (Metropolitan Police), Mr Andrew Woods (Solicitor, representing the Licensee), Mr Tony Flynn (Licensee and Designated Premises Supervisor), Mr Alan Dugard (Chairman of company which owns premises) and Mr Arron Curtis (Operations Director).


Initial consideration for any interim steps pending the full review of the premises licence for Rah Rah Rooms, 215-217 Piccadilly, W1




The Sub-Committee heard from PC Deweltz.  He stated that the application had been submitted by the Police on the grounds of the prevention of crime and disorder and public safety.  On Sunday 1 January from 00:33 hours, serious crime and disorder had taken place.  Three males, one of whom is a 17 year old juvenile, had received stab wounds at the venue which was operating as a nightclub.   It was believed that the injuries were caused by a knife or a bladed article.  The Police were currently investigating the matter and as yet no knife had been found.  PC Deweltz advised those present that the injuries were consistent with that of a knife.  No fragments of glass had been found in the room.  The Police had requested medical reports from the Ambulance Service which would be received in due course.  As yet no arrests had been made as part of the on-going investigations.  Two of the victims had been identified as members of the Mozart Gang by the Westminster Gangs Unit.  PC Deweltz added that the Police were requesting the suspension of the premises licence pending the full review hearing where they expected to request a revocation of the premises licence. 


PC Deweltz explained that what had taken place on 1 January was the second example of a serious incident at the venue where a stabbing had occurred.  On Saturday 3 September 2016, a male had received stab wounds to his right upper leg.  The Police Licensing Team had spoken with representatives of the venue and had advocated a ‘stepped approach’ with recommended operational improvements and conditions in order to prevent further incidents, such as that on 3 September, taking place in the future.  PC Deweltz informed those present that many failings had been found following the 3 September incident.  These included that patrons had not been searched to the levels that would have been expected, the suspects carrying out the disorder had not been detained and the crime scene had not been preserved.  He made the point that by staff mopping up the blood in the Club, they had removed the forensic evidence.  He also stated that staff had told Police that the blood on the floor had been cranberry juice.  The Police had subsequently been able to confirm it was blood.  


PC Deweltz advised the Sub-Committee that there were conditions  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.