By using this website, you consent to our use of cookies I Agree Read our cookie policy

Police ask for review of Boxpark Croydon’s licence after ‘security incident’

Police ask for review of Boxpark Croydon’s licence after ‘security incident’
Jul 27, 2017 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 26/07/2017.

Police ask for review of Boxpark Croydon’s licence after ‘security incident’

Police have asked for a review of Boxpark Croydon’s licence after a “security incident”.

Roger Wade, the chief executive of the George Street food and drink mall, said the main issue is around CCTV not covering all areas at the venue and that police have told the team in charge it needs to be upgraded.

Officers were called to Boxpark on June 29 at 11.38pm to reports of a disturbance. No one was arrested but police then submitted a licencing review to Croydon Council.

Mr Wade said the company, which opened its Croydon site in October last year, is working closely with police in Croydon to rectify the issue.

He told the Advertiser: “It was a case of some people got into Boxpark and we had to remove them from the premises and as a result of that the police were unhappy with the CCTV coverage of [the site] and they said ‘look you need to get CCTV improved’.”

A spokeswoman for Boxpark added: “A security incident occurred at Boxpark Croydon on June 29 which Boxpark Croydon are investigating closely with the police.

“As a result of this incident, the police have formally asked Boxpark to review security management and CCTV measures.

“Boxpark Croydon has always and will always co-operate with the police to ensure the premises continues to deliver its high standard of security.

“The safety of visitors and staff remain of paramount importance.”

Roger Wade the founder of Boxpark.Three premises licence reviews, one each for the bar, Boxpark and its event branch, were submitted to Croydon Council on July 20 citing grounds for the review for “the prevention of crime and disorder” and “public safety”.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said the force would not be commenting on the review.

However, she confirmed officers attended reports of the “disturbance” and added: “No one was reported injured and there were no arrests.

“Following the incident police in Croydon have requested that Croydon Council review [Boxpark’s] licence.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The council’s licensing sub-committee will review the premises licence for Boxpark Croydon after an application was submitted by Croydon police.

“A date for the hearing will be set on completion of the statutory 28-day review period.”

Mr Wade anticipates the issue with CCTV will be resolved before the end of the 28-day period.

Comments(0)