Nightclub to open late

A NIGHTCLUB has been granted permission to open until 4am after police withdrew objections that it would lead to increased crime.

Kirk Norcross, who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and made his name on reality show The Only Way Is Essex, will appear at Infinity nightclub in East Street, Sudbury, on February 5.

Nightclub owner Derek Smith had applied for a temporary event notice, which was due to be heard at a meeting of Babergh District Council’s licensing sub-committee on Monday.

Police chiefs had originally complained that large crowds, coupled with a failure to carry out a risk assessment, would pose a threat to the public.

However, these objections were withdrawn at the eleventh hour and the meeting was cancelled.

A police spokeswoman said: “When a temporary event notice is submitted, it removes the venue’s current licensing agreement, which is why the police objected.

“Infinity then submitted a risk assessment, which showed that it had addressed the issues we were concerned about, so we withdrew our application. As a result, the notice stands and the club is allowed to stay open until 4am.”

Mr Smith, who has owned the club for 12 years, said: “I applied for the extension because Kirk is a very popular person at the moment, and bringing him to Sudbury is a great coup.

“It is not a lot of extra time anyway, and some of the police objections weren’t valid. Since the turn of the year, we’ve only had one incident here, which is certainly not a high level of crime.”

A similar application – for a personal appearance by fellow Celebrity Big Brother contestant Romeo and rapper Lisa Maffia on Saturday night – was withdrawn, although the event is still scheduled to run until the club’s usual closing time of 3.30am.

Mr Smith added: “We have made an agreement and will move forward together with the police.

“These are exciting events, they will be very busy and this is a massive scoop for Sudbury.”