Norwich bar closes after complaints about crime and disorder
14:45 05 July 2012
A Norwich bar which had its licence revoked following a review brought by police over concerns about crime and disorder has closed down.
The review in relation to Wafou on Prince of Wales Road was lodged following persistent breaches of conditions of the premises licence, in particular allowing entry after 4am, a significant number of incidents of crime and disorder and excessive drunkenness at the venue.
Repeated attempts by the constabulary’s licensing team to engage with management to improve the situation were unsuccessful.
The constabulary presented evidence of the breaches to the licensing sub-committee at Norwich City Council in April, and the review was upheld. The club’s licence was revoked.
Wafou’s owner, Al Fode Oulare, did not appeal the decision, which means the venue has now closed.
A spokesman for Norwich City Council said: “The owner of the club was given 21 days to appeal against this decision. Since no appeal was made the licence remains revoked.”
Norwich policing commander, Superintendent Paul Sanford, pictured, welcomed the closure. He said: “License reviews are not taken lightly and we will always try to work with licensees in the first instance.
“In this case there was overwhelming evidence that levels of disorder and intoxication associated with Wafou were excessive which managers failed to address, despite those concerns being continually highlighted by the local authorities.
“In this instance the licensee gave repeated assurances the issues would be addressed but failed to take any positive action. With this in mind the result was inevitable and should act as a warning to others that when we and our partners raise licensing issues, those concerns must be treated seriously.
“License conditions are put in place to ensure the safety of those attending the venue and to protect others living, working and socialising in the area. By breaching these conditions, customers, staff and the public were put at risk and considerable policing resources were needed to tackle crime and disorder associated with this establishment.
“Breaches of licensing laws will not be tolerated and we will continue to work with our partners to make sure venues are run safely.”
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