Upper Edmonton nightclub Golden Palace closed for three-months after attempted murder

Nightclub handed three month suspension after attempted murder

Nightclub handed three month suspension after attempted murder

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A nightclub had its licence suspended after a man was stabbed and another shot during a late night brawl.

Golden Palace, in Herbert Road, Upper Edmonton, narrowly avoided being closed permanently following the incident, which took place three hours after it was meant to have been closed.

The police are treating the shooting and stabbing as attempted murder.

At a licence committee hearing today, councillors told the premises holder Ediz Hatsunc that his licence is suspended for three months while numerous conditions are set to be met by the club.

The committee heard that the incident took place two-and-a-half hours after a birthday party at the club was supposed to finish.

Police arrived at the scene at approximately 6.20am to find numerous people still in the club.

James Rantkin, representing the police, said: “The club’s clientele has led it to become a stigma for gang culture.”

The committee also heard that on the night of the scuffle, CCTV was not in use and could not be provided as evidence.

Mr Rankin added: “The fact that the CCTV was not working during the night of the incident is a disaster and a major failing of the owner.”

Mr Rankin also went on to condemn the failings at Golden Palace, highlighting that many of the staff were not fully trained and that when the police attempted to contact Mr Hatsunc for questioning, he was ill on a number of days.

Representing Golden Palace, Roderick James told the committee that private events are occasional.

He said: “The Golden Palace’s core business is in wedding functions and wakes and very rarely hosts these types of events - twice a month maximum - so it would be disingenuous to say this is a stigma.

“We say, that this incident is a one-off, my clients have held a licence since 2008 and not once has there been a serious issue. To revoke the licence would be unjustified.”

Committee chairman Councillor Derek Levy, chairman of the committee issued the suspension of the licence and conditions which need to be met by Golden Palace in order to reopen.

These include the installation of a ‘search arch’ to detect weapons being taken into a club, regular checks to ensure all staff are qualified, no entry to the club one hour before closing time, and hand searches on custimers before entering the club.”

Speaking after the ruling, Mr James said: “My clients are disappointed with the decision; they take the committee's conditions very seriously and will be taking them onboard.”

Mr James did not rule out the possibility of an appeal to the decision made by the committee. 

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7:30am Thu 7 Aug 14

John Forsyth says...

Enfiield council and Police licence officers are failing to control these places that hold events all over the place. One near us cause no end of disruption and is often open way beyond the time they are supposed to close. Getting council officers and police to act is like trying to get a dead horse up a hill. It took an attempted murder here for them to find the CCTV was not on and licence holder not exactly helpful. The rules need firming up and Enfield council officers need to be on the case every day and night, not part time at weekends out of hours as they are now. Our problems are continuing.
Enfiield council and Police licence officers are failing to control these places that hold events all over the place. One near us cause no end of disruption and is often open way beyond the time they are supposed to close. Getting council officers and police to act is like trying to get a dead horse up a hill. It took an attempted murder here for them to find the CCTV was not on and licence holder not exactly helpful. The rules need firming up and Enfield council officers need to be on the case every day and night, not part time at weekends out of hours as they are now. Our problems are continuing. John Forsyth
  • Score: 10

10:03am Fri 8 Aug 14

ELocker says...

Three months?, guns, knives and drugs in a club that is open 3 hours past it's licence - do these clubs have easy access to the licencing committees back pockets?
Three months?, guns, knives and drugs in a club that is open 3 hours past it's licence - do these clubs have easy access to the licencing committees back pockets? ELocker
  • Score: 5

7:13am Sat 9 Aug 14

John Forsyth says...

ELocker wrote:
Three months?, guns, knives and drugs in a club that is open 3 hours past it's licence - do these clubs have easy access to the licencing committees back pockets?
A question we have asked ourselves many times.
[quote][p][bold]ELocker[/bold] wrote: Three months?, guns, knives and drugs in a club that is open 3 hours past it's licence - do these clubs have easy access to the licencing committees back pockets?[/p][/quote]A question we have asked ourselves many times. John Forsyth
  • Score: 5

5:03pm Mon 11 Aug 14

dons24pelliparclose says...

John Forsyth wrote:
Enfiield council and Police licence officers are failing to control these places that hold events all over the place. One near us cause no end of disruption and is often open way beyond the time they are supposed to close. Getting council officers and police to act is like trying to get a dead horse up a hill. It took an attempted murder here for them to find the CCTV was not on and licence holder not exactly helpful. The rules need firming up and Enfield council officers need to be on the case every day and night, not part time at weekends out of hours as they are now. Our problems are continuing.
Looking at the Agenda Papers submitted for the Golden Palace licence review on 6th August, the Summary Licence Review was requested by the MPS Superintendent Carl Robinson and make interesting reading.

I trust that anyone who were to submit a Freedom of Information request to the local authority would find the long list of complaints allegedly made by "John Forsyth" and the actions taken.

The Licensed hours for a premises may be found on the local authority web site. Evidence of a licence under the 2003 Act does not mean that the hours can be used unless planning permission has also been granted for the same use
[quote][p][bold]John Forsyth[/bold] wrote: Enfiield council and Police licence officers are failing to control these places that hold events all over the place. One near us cause no end of disruption and is often open way beyond the time they are supposed to close. Getting council officers and police to act is like trying to get a dead horse up a hill. It took an attempted murder here for them to find the CCTV was not on and licence holder not exactly helpful. The rules need firming up and Enfield council officers need to be on the case every day and night, not part time at weekends out of hours as they are now. Our problems are continuing.[/p][/quote]Looking at the Agenda Papers submitted for the Golden Palace licence review on 6th August, the Summary Licence Review was requested by the MPS Superintendent Carl Robinson and make interesting reading. I trust that anyone who were to submit a Freedom of Information request to the local authority would find the long list of complaints allegedly made by "John Forsyth" and the actions taken. The Licensed hours for a premises may be found on the local authority web site. Evidence of a licence under the 2003 Act does not mean that the hours can be used unless planning permission has also been granted for the same use dons24pelliparclose
  • Score: 1

2:36pm Tue 12 Aug 14

John Forsyth says...

dons24pelliparclose wrote:
John Forsyth wrote:
Enfiield council and Police licence officers are failing to control these places that hold events all over the place. One near us cause no end of disruption and is often open way beyond the time they are supposed to close. Getting council officers and police to act is like trying to get a dead horse up a hill. It took an attempted murder here for them to find the CCTV was not on and licence holder not exactly helpful. The rules need firming up and Enfield council officers need to be on the case every day and night, not part time at weekends out of hours as they are now. Our problems are continuing.
Looking at the Agenda Papers submitted for the Golden Palace licence review on 6th August, the Summary Licence Review was requested by the MPS Superintendent Carl Robinson and make interesting reading.

I trust that anyone who were to submit a Freedom of Information request to the local authority would find the long list of complaints allegedly made by "John Forsyth" and the actions taken.

The Licensed hours for a premises may be found on the local authority web site. Evidence of a licence under the 2003 Act does not mean that the hours can be used unless planning permission has also been granted for the same use
I'm commenting on this tread but my complaints refer to another such premise near me. I have never complained about Golden Palace. i post in my own name thank you.
[quote][p][bold]dons24pelliparclose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Forsyth[/bold] wrote: Enfiield council and Police licence officers are failing to control these places that hold events all over the place. One near us cause no end of disruption and is often open way beyond the time they are supposed to close. Getting council officers and police to act is like trying to get a dead horse up a hill. It took an attempted murder here for them to find the CCTV was not on and licence holder not exactly helpful. The rules need firming up and Enfield council officers need to be on the case every day and night, not part time at weekends out of hours as they are now. Our problems are continuing.[/p][/quote]Looking at the Agenda Papers submitted for the Golden Palace licence review on 6th August, the Summary Licence Review was requested by the MPS Superintendent Carl Robinson and make interesting reading. I trust that anyone who were to submit a Freedom of Information request to the local authority would find the long list of complaints allegedly made by "John Forsyth" and the actions taken. The Licensed hours for a premises may be found on the local authority web site. Evidence of a licence under the 2003 Act does not mean that the hours can be used unless planning permission has also been granted for the same use[/p][/quote]I'm commenting on this tread but my complaints refer to another such premise near me. I have never complained about Golden Palace. i post in my own name thank you. John Forsyth
  • Score: 2

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