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Lambeth Police warn of "serious crime" at Da Vinci’s club in Waterloo

Lambeth Police have requested a review of the licence held by Da Vinci's restaurant and club in Baylis Road, citing the prevention of crime and disorder.

Da Vinci's Waterloo

Da Vinci's is a small restaurant which becomes a nightclub in the evenings.

"Da Vinci's has come to police attention on many occasions since they have had a late licence," wrote licensing officer PC Hannah Eldridge.

"There is serious crime at the premises by way of assaults with glass inside and outside of the premises."

She added: "The designated premises supervisor is rarely on the premises after midnight and a manager is left to run the premises. It is my opinion that the venue is very poorly run after midnight.

"Patrons from the premises often stand outside and fights break out where glass is used as a weapon."

Licence holder Andrew Andreasian, who has run Da Vinci's for the past 12 years, rejects the police's claims as "absolute rubbish".

"I have been in managerial positions for most of my working life," he says.

Mr Andreasian told us that when he is not on the premises he leaves trained, experienced staff in charge and remains in regular communication with the venue.

"We haven't had problems for a very long time."

The police have given ten examples of violent incidents at Da Vinci's between 2006 and 2009 to support their application. The most recent incidents on 4 December 2009 included a stabbing.

• Representations about the premises licence review can be made to Lambeth Council until 8 March. The police's application [PDF] can be seen on the council website.

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