Spalding: Nightclub safety measures considered

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A police application to formalise new safety measures at Spalding nightclub Loaded goes to South Holland District Council’s licensing panel on Monday.

The Spalding Guardian revealed on December 23 that the club had introduced plastic for all drinks served following alleged attacks with bottles and glasses.

Loaded boss Matt Clark said in December the police application for a review of the club’s licence was simply a formality to “solidify our current working practices and not a demand for us to take further action”.

Writing on behalf of Chief Constable Richard Crompton, licensing officer PC Paul Wade said: “This premises stands out amongst all other licensed premises in Lincolnshire for having the highest number of recorded incidents of assault over the last year.”

PC Wade’s report lists seven alleged acts of violence – including glassings – at the club during October and November.

As well as asking for polycarbonate drinking vessels to be used, police insisted on a CCTV upgrade so images can be used in evidence.

The police are asking the licensing panel to include both measures in the club’s licence.

Mr Clark said previously that both conditions had already been met and the number of customers coming through the club’s doors prove that Loaded is not a dangerous venue.

He said: “I am happy to say that customers vote with their feet.”