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BIRMINGHAM: Club can remain open following allegation

BIRMINGHAM: Club can remain open following allegation

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A Birmingham strip club can remain open after its licence was suspended following an allegation of rape involving “up to” four men.

A report to councillors from West Midlands Police stated the force received a call on September 26 to say a member of the public had just been raped at the Rocket Club on Broad Street.

The same account stated “up to” four males had “been involved” in the alleged rape.

The club was subject to an urgent licence review hearing last month, when councillors took the decision to suspend the venue’s licence.

Since then, the club appealed the interim measures opposed including the suspension which was then lifted.

And now, councillors have again ruled the licence should be reinstated following a full review hearing to determine the venue’s future.

A Birmingham City Council licensing sub-committee hearing was held online today (October 26) and made available to view by the public via YouTube.

Lawyer Heath Thomas of Harrison Clark Rickerbys represented the venue’s owners, Balevents Limited. Pc Ben Reader spoke for West Midlands Police.

The licensing sub-committee at today’s meeting consisted of chair Cllr Diane Donaldson (Lab, Bromford and Hodge Hill), Cllr Bob Beauchamp (Con, Perry Common) and Cllr Martin Straker Welds (Lab, Moseley).

Evidence was heard in private due to an ongoing police investigation.

Speaking after the private session, chair Cllr Donaldson said: “After much deliberation we have arrived at a determination.

“And that is that having reviewed the premises licence held under the Licensing Act 2003 by Balevents Limited in respect of the Rocket Club […], following an application for an expedited review made on behalf of the chief officer of West Midlands Police, this sub-committee hereby determines that the suspension of the licence is lifted […].

“A full written decision giving reasons will be available at the end of the day. Thank you for everybody’s patience.”

Under the venue’s licence, it can hold live and recorded music, dance, provide facilities for dancing and sell alcohol between 10am and 6am – its opening hours.

It can serve late night refreshment between 11pm and 6am.

Words: Mark Cardwell,  Local Democracy Reporter

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