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Police raise concerns about Vault nightclub

The Vault nightclub in Newbury faces an uncertain future.

This has become apparent following a report sent from Thames Valley Police to West Berkshire Council explaining that since the licence has been in operation a number of incidents have occurred at the premises.

Located opposite the old bus station in Newbury, the Vault opened in January 2018 in the unit had been occupied by Liquid.

Among the concerns Police have are public order incidents, assaults, vulnerability of customers, inconsistencies in door supervision and concerns regarding under 18 and boxing events.

The licence review explains that the concerns have been compounded by two extremely poor licensing inspections which have shown inherent failures to comply with licensing conditions in relation to areas such as quality and provision of CCTV and usage of the Newbury radio system and ID scan equipment, as well as the majority of other conditions contained within the licence.

In their review, Police say: "These poor inspection results and subsequent identified licence breaches have led to the issuing of two Section 19 closure notices letters to the premises licence holders neither which have not led to any improvements at the premises or any greater compliance."

The Home Office says that a Section 19 notice means that an application maybe made to a court to close the premises.

The review continues: "On 22 February 2019 Thames Valley Police arranged a performance meeting to be held with the premises licence holder to address our concerns, however the premises licence holder or any other representative failed to turn up to the meeting.

"Thames Valley Police are of the opinion that this premises licence is failing to promote the four licensing objectives and that a review of the premises licence is required in order to address serious concerns surrounding the management of the venue and failure to comply with the conditions outlined within the operating schedule as numerous interventions to this point have failed to address these serious concerns."

We have asked management at the Vault for their views.

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