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Old Kent Road venue has licence revoked after 'GBH with intent'

Councillors last week resolved to revoke the licence of Boulevard Coffee Place in Old Kent Road after a man was threatened with a knife and hit over the head with a bottle in a late-night altercation.

Old Kent Road venue has licence revoked after 'GBH with intent'

The incident took place at Boulevard Coffee Place in the early hours of Sunday 12 April.

In his application for a licence review, PC Graham White of Southwark Police wrote: "It is alleged that whilst on the dance floor inside an altercation took place, and a knife was pulled out and the [sic] threatened the suspect who then hit the victim with a bottle.

"The victim received a serious head injury requiring nine stitches even though he was wearing a hat."

Police classified the incident as 'grievous bodily harm with intent'.

PC White added: "On arrival of the police due to the seriousness of the disturbance the officer had to draw his taser and point it at patrons of the premises."

Councillors suspended the venue's licence in the days after an incident, and a further hearing took place last week.

A Southwark licensing sub-committee decided to revoke the venue's licence.

Councillors were told that the incident took place some time after the venue should have been closed under the terms of its licence.

The licence holders argued that this was an isolated incident in which customers unexpectedly stayed beyond the usual closing time.

Boulevard Coffee Place can now appeal the decision at a magistrates' court.

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