Only ‘VIPs’ won’t drink out of plastic at Spalding nightclub

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POLICE have lost their bid to force a Spalding nightclub to use plastic for all drinks served.

It was sought after a series of alleged assaults with bottles and glasses.

South Holland District Council’s licensing panel decided on Monday that plastic must be used in all public areas at Westlode Street club Loaded – except the VIP Lounge.

But the panel insisted the VIP Lounge must have a door supervisor at its entrance whenever it is open to stop customers taking bottles and glasses to other parts of the club.

Police had raised concerns about the club’s CCTV system, saying it could not provide “images of a quality adequate for evidential purposes”. But the licensing panel took no action after hearing the system now meets police requirements.

Police also asked that Loaded’s security staff should be required to give evidence to officers when requested. The panel said that was covered by other legislation and there was no need to amend the club’s licence.

A report from licensing officer PC Paul Wade listed seven acts of violence at Loaded during October and November, including ‘glassings’ for which people were treated in hospital.

Speaking after Monday’s hearing, PC Wade said: “I understand the decision made by the committee and whilst we were seeking polycarbonate throughout I understand their position.

“It is not without restriction as far as the club are concerned and, hopefully, it will be a positive move to stop issues regarding glass related injuries.”

Loaded boss Matt Clark said the licensing panel’s verdict reflects the way the club already operates.

He said: “We are very happy. Basically we won through and got the outcome that we were looking for.

“Immediately after one of the incidents we introduced polycarbonate drinks vessels for the main dance areas.

“Where we thought there may be a risk we immediately protected our customers from that.”

He said it was already the club’s practice to allow glass in the VIP Lounge with door staff monitoring its use.