Council ignores police advice for TV star visit
A Sudbury nightclub will be allowed to open late for the visit of queen of the jungle, TV star Vicky Pattison.
Suffolk Constabulary had objected to extended opening hours at Infinity Night Club in Sudbury for the visit of reality TV star Pattison but the licensing committee at Babergh District Council granted permission on Tuesday.
Licensee holder Derek Smith had applied to Babergh District Council for an additional opening hour for Pattison’s visit to the East Street club on Saturday, February 6.
He had requested to close an hour later at 4.30am on Sunday, February 7.
However, police had objected, citing reports of low level violence.
Despite this Babergh’s licensing sub-committee agreed to the extension.
A spokeswoman for the council said: “The licensing sub-committee was satisfied by the nightclub proprietor’s assurance and undertaking that all conditions and controls of the permanent licence would apply to the additional hour.
“However he was warned by the sub-committee that any significant problems from this event may jeopardise future authorisations.”
In a letter to Babergh before the meeting Pc McAuley wrote: “After consideration, we wish to make a representation as in our opinion we feel that the approval of the application would compromise one of the objective, namely the prevention of crime and disorder.
“We feel since July 2015, the premises has suffered numerous reports of low level violence, anti-social behaviour and excessive drunkenness.
“This is currently being monitored by police and the local authority with a view to working with the premises to show an improvement.
“At this time, it is too soon to report a significant improvement and would not currently support any increase in hours through a temporary event notice, even if the premises are adhering to their conditions during the temporary event notice.”
Pattison, who is also a model and TV presenter, recently won ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’.