Illegal and unlicensed premises closed

Published Tuesday, 17 December 2019

An unlicensed premises hosting events and parties in Croydon Road Penge S.E.20. has been closed because of serious illegal and ongoing nuisance to members of the public.

The Closure Order was heard and granted by Bromley Magistrates’ Court under Section 80 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The order closed the unlicensed, illegal premises which had been operating as a nightclub known as MFB Lounge and Snack Bar by proprietor Mr Kemar Prince.

Councillor Kate Lymer Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said “Legal action is always a last resort. Unfortunately, where incidents of anti-social behaviour has occurred - including intimidation, harassment or distress - and people are adversely affected, sometimes we have no other choice but to go to court and we will not hesitate to take action in these circumstances such as in this example.”

The court heard that from summer 2019 the council had received a catalogue of complaints from residents and businesses about nuisance and anti-social behaviour. The premises, which had dual use as clothes shop and hairdressers at the front while the illegal nightclub operated at the rear, had witnesses to illegal drug taking, loud amplified music, dog fighting, slamming car doors and other anti-social activities taking place until the early hours of the morning.

Council licensing officers supported by the Police, visited the premises on several occasions before issuing warning letters. The letters about anti-social behaviour and licensing were formally delivered to Mr Prince at the premises and at his home address. The letters gave him the opportunity to apply for a legitimate license, although he continued to deny that he needed one, and gave notice of the potential closure.

Eventually, the entire premises was closed under the three month closure notice. Should anybody remain or enter the premises without reasonable excuse, they are committing an offence under section 86 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act and are liable on summary conviction to receive an unlimited fine or imprisonment.

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Notes to editors: 

  • The hearing was held at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Friday 13 December 2019.
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