One last encore could be in doubt for Richmond bar

Release Date: 17/01/2017

The manager of a bar in Richmond was given 21 days to appeal a decision to revoke his licence due to crime and disorder linked to his establishment.

A Richmond Police and Council joint investigation found the Encore Lounge in Hill Rise, Richmond, remained opened beyond its permitted hours on no less than four separate occasions last year.

The most serious incident linked to the bar involved an assault on a customer in October last year. Had the Encore Lounge closed when it was supposed to at midnight the police said the attack would not have happened, Richmond Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee heard on Wednesday 11 January.

CCTV footage of another disturbance inside the premises and alcohol being served outside of the venue’s permitted hours was also shown to the committee. Dean Feeney, licence holder at Encore Lounge, Hill Rise, Richmond, was given 21 days to appeal the Council’s decision at last week’s licence hearing. If his appeal is unsuccessful the Encore Lounge will be permanently closed.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:

“We will not hesitate to take decisive action against premises which flout licensing laws and cause crime and disorder in our borough. A number of incidents occurred at the Encore Lounge last year which would not have happened had the bar closed when it should have done. I would like to take this opportunity to add that the vast majority of our businesses fully comply with licensing laws and we support responsible local businesses as much as we can – they are crucial to the success of our local economy.”

PC John MGann, Richmond Police, added: “Richmond Police in partnership with Richmond Council will deal robustly with any premises found to be linked with incidents of crime and disorder. The assault on October 30 would probably not have occurred if the premises had been closed at midnight when it should have done.”

Updated: 17 January 2017