Nightclub given permission to open till 4am

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A Sudbury nightclub will be allowed to stay open an extra hour on three occasions throughout this month, despite initial concerns from police.

Infinity Nightclub in East Street can remain open until 4am this Saturday and on December 20 and 21 after being granted a temporary events notice by Babergh District Council.

The club usually closes at 3am on a Friday and Saturday.

Suffolk Police had written to the council objecting to the request for an extension, claiming the move could compromise the “prevention of crime and disorder”.

Neil Mckay, force licensing inspector, said officers had looked into the number and frequency of crimes recorded at the club over the last six months.

“The results of this research is of considerable concern,” he said.

Mr Mckay said that during this period 25 crimes had been recorded, 10 of which were classed as assaults.

“The remainder are recorded as offences of theft, drunk and disorderly, criminal damage and sexual assault,” he said.

“Of additional concern, two of the offences are alleged to have been perpetrated by door supervisors who are further recorded as having been obstructive to investigations.”

But during a licensing hearing on Thursday, police withdrew their objections and said they were now happy with the plans put in place for the extra hour.

“The premises have increased staffing in order to promote the prevention and detection of crime,” said a police spokesman.

“We are pleased to be able to work closely with licensed premises to help make Sudbury a place where people can enjoy a safe and enjoyable night out.”

Among events taking place at the club during its extended opening hours are a Winter Wonderland Snow Storm Party and a Sexy Santa event.

A spokeswoman for Babergh District Council’s licensing team said it was satisfied the club had “sufficient management controls” in place for the events, and it had no grounds for objections.

Derek Smith, who runs Infinity nightclub, was unavailable comment at the time of going to print.