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Uncertain future for Barking club after fighting reported outside

PUBLISHED: 19:00 22 May 2015

The River Club and resturant has lost its 24-hour licence to serve alcohol

The River Club and resturant has lost its 24-hour licence to serve alcohol

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A restaurant and function venue could lose its licence following a spate of fighting outside.

The future of the River Club, in River Road, Barking, will be discussed at a Barking and Dagenham Council licensing sub-committee meeting on Tuesday, after police officers submitted a summary licence review.

Officers were called just after 3am on Sunday, April 26, to find a group of men, alleged to be about 50, fighting in the street outside the wedding venue with metal bars, snooker cues, baseball bats, bottles and knives.

However the club’s owner Loredan Ilies, 32, of River Road, claims his business is not to blame.

“These problems are nothing to do with the club,” he told the Post.

“If you buy a bottle of wine at Tesco and go home and beat up your wife, you don’t shut down Tesco.

“It’s incredibly unfair – a million per cent.”

A 37-year-old man from Ilford was taken to an east London hospital to receive medical attention but was later arrested for assault and subsequently bailed to return to an east London police station in late June.

Det Con Gary Griffiths said: “There was a large number of people in the area. If anyone witnessed the incident can they please contact Barking and Dagenham CID on 101.”

Less than two weeks before, officers were called to the club just after 3.30am on Monday, April 13, to reports of an assault.

A 41-year-old man from Barking and a 47-year-old man from Forest Gate were arrested for wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and taken to an east London police station.

Both men have been bailed to return to an east London police station in mid June.


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