Legal representatives of Loco Lounge in Chingford and police come face-to-face at decisive hearing

CCTV evidence was viewed by the committee in private

CCTV evidence was viewed by the committee in private

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A decision on whether to revoke the licence of a bar locked in a dispute with the police will be made next week after the two sides clashed at a town hall hearing.

Lawyers representing Loco lounge in Station Road, Chingford, and Waltham Forest Police argued over a claim the bar had deliberately withheld CCTV evidence after a brawl.

Police are pushing for the venue to be closed, claiming the owners are not responsible licensees because some footage was not initially handed to police.

The venue’s owners refute this, claiming they were required to follow data protection procedures before eventually releasing all the CCTV.  

Police had initially called for the bar’s opening hours to be reduced due to crime and anti-social behaviour.

But licensing officer PC Donna Wilcox decided to push for the closure following the dispute over the CCTV.

The two sides came face-to-face during a three-hour meeting of the licensing sub-committee last night.

Representing the police, barrister Matthew Butt claimed that, as well as concerns over crime and disorder and serious violence after midnight, the bar’s management made no attempt to call police about incidents and made a “blatant attempt to conceal” evidence. 

David Dadds, representing Loco Lounge licensee, Natalie Keefe, and premises supervisor, Kerry O'Reilly, claimed the venue was being unfairly singled out by police and full footage of the incident was supplied within 24 hours of a data protection form being filled out by PC Wilcox.

Police insist the footage should have been handed over within 24 hours after the initial request, as required by the terms of the bar’s licence.

But Mr Dadds said he had advised the Mrs Keefe to insist the form was completed before handing over the footage and took “full responsibility” for the delay.

However, he accused the police of a “fishing expedition” and said officers were trawling through hours of CCTV to find licence breaches.

Mr Dadds said his clients believe the police review was triggered after an incident when a man suspected of using class A drugs pulled a knife on security staff when challenged.

The man was disarmed, but he was handed over to bouncers at nearby The Fountain, who were said to have known him, before police arrived. 

Footage of the brawl in the forecourt of the bar, which spilled out into the nearby bus depot, was shown to the committee.

The video showed a man punch another man before the brawl started. 

Mr Butt said: "Not handing over the footage was completely unacceptable.

“There is an obvious problem with late-night violence after midnight and we're not confident the premises holders should be trusted."

Of 14 representations made to the committee, 12 were in support of the bar remaining open.

Prior to the decision next week, Mr Dadds is asking the committee to consider putting extra conditions on bar’s licence or to otherwise consider reverting the licensing hours to 1.30am at weekends. 

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11:27am Fri 15 Aug 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

Same old crew - Dadds the licensing lawyers and Ms O'Reilly the DPA - this is just the latest venue to be blighted by the motley crew that caused so much damge to the people of Souht Woodford at Funky Mojoe.

At least Dadds din't do his histrionics and storm out of the hearing.

Police action seems wholly appropriate - stop the rot now!
Same old crew - Dadds the licensing lawyers and Ms O'Reilly the DPA - this is just the latest venue to be blighted by the motley crew that caused so much damge to the people of Souht Woodford at Funky Mojoe. At least Dadds din't do his histrionics and storm out of the hearing. Police action seems wholly appropriate - stop the rot now! Proud of Woodford Green
  • Score: 12

11:44am Fri 15 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Proud of Woodford Green wrote:
Same old crew - Dadds the licensing lawyers and Ms O'Reilly the DPA - this is just the latest venue to be blighted by the motley crew that caused so much damge to the people of Souht Woodford at Funky Mojoe.

At least Dadds din't do his histrionics and storm out of the hearing.

Police action seems wholly appropriate - stop the rot now!
Yes the dramatic exit was worthy of a script for Rumpole of the Bailey.

Unlike Redbridge Council though, I bet the lawyers got their fees up front!
[quote][p][bold]Proud of Woodford Green[/bold] wrote: Same old crew - Dadds the licensing lawyers and Ms O'Reilly the DPA - this is just the latest venue to be blighted by the motley crew that caused so much damge to the people of Souht Woodford at Funky Mojoe. At least Dadds din't do his histrionics and storm out of the hearing. Police action seems wholly appropriate - stop the rot now![/p][/quote]Yes the dramatic exit was worthy of a script for Rumpole of the Bailey. Unlike Redbridge Council though, I bet the lawyers got their fees up front! Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

10:07pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Talk of the town says...

Here we go again people talking about mojoes and not knowing the full story surprise surprise

If u knew anything about the case you would know that redbridge council and there solicitor praised ms oreillys management of the venue
Here we go again people talking about mojoes and not knowing the full story surprise surprise If u knew anything about the case you would know that redbridge council and there solicitor praised ms oreillys management of the venue Talk of the town
  • Score: -8

2:09am Sat 16 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Talk of the town wrote:
Here we go again people talking about mojoes and not knowing the full story surprise surprise

If u knew anything about the case you would know that redbridge council and there solicitor praised ms oreillys management of the venue
Utter tosh.
[quote][p][bold]Talk of the town[/bold] wrote: Here we go again people talking about mojoes and not knowing the full story surprise surprise If u knew anything about the case you would know that redbridge council and there solicitor praised ms oreillys management of the venue[/p][/quote]Utter tosh. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 3

3:52am Sat 16 Aug 14

Talk of the town says...

Once again talking away village cranberry about a case you do not know about why don't you ask the council
Once again talking away village cranberry about a case you do not know about why don't you ask the council Talk of the town
  • Score: -3

8:42am Sat 16 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Talk of the town wrote:
Once again talking away village cranberry about a case you do not know about why don't you ask the council
The is nothing to know. If they praised Kerry's running of it, that had no bearing whatsoever on the years prior to her running it and the most important thing is the owners conduct subsequently. Namely, they have disappeared owing over 125k in costs to the council which was a sinister plot to kick the authorities where it hurts.

Their is no story here, the place was a disaster from start to finish and this is the dad fact. The residents have endured a period of hell which is finally over.
[quote][p][bold]Talk of the town[/bold] wrote: Once again talking away village cranberry about a case you do not know about why don't you ask the council[/p][/quote]The is nothing to know. If they praised Kerry's running of it, that had no bearing whatsoever on the years prior to her running it and the most important thing is the owners conduct subsequently. Namely, they have disappeared owing over 125k in costs to the council which was a sinister plot to kick the authorities where it hurts. Their is no story here, the place was a disaster from start to finish and this is the dad fact. The residents have endured a period of hell which is finally over. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

7:08pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Democrat1 says...

Mr Dadds seems to be a star on the local scene and always at fault when something not produced for his client, why do these clients keep paying him I wonder when he is most forgetful and seems unable to adhere to deadlines.

I hope he won't be so negligent in his work for the upcoming La Sala establishment especially as he is reputed to be on a nice little bonus for securing a 2AM opening time, Lets hope any reasonable council do the right thing and consign the application to the bin where it belongs
Mr Dadds seems to be a star on the local scene and always at fault when something not produced for his client, why do these clients keep paying him I wonder when he is most forgetful and seems unable to adhere to deadlines. I hope he won't be so negligent in his work for the upcoming La Sala establishment especially as he is reputed to be on a nice little bonus for securing a 2AM opening time, Lets hope any reasonable council do the right thing and consign the application to the bin where it belongs Democrat1
  • Score: 2

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