Liquid and Envy nightclub thrown lifeline by Portsmouth City Council

Attacker followed his victim for a mile before assault in city alleyway

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A NIGHTCLUB in Portsmouth with a recent history of violent trouble has been spared punishment.

Liquid & Envy, in Stanhope Road, has agreed to stick to a new set of police conditions in an effort to stamp out assaults and other drink-related behaviour.

Liquid & Envy nightclub in Portsmouth

Liquid & Envy nightclub in Portsmouth

Portsmouth City Council’s licensing committee agreed the venue should be given a chance - but warned there would be severe consequences if it does not comply.

Security staff must wear a minimum of three body-worn cameras after 8pm, and an extra camera must be brought in for every additional 500 people over the initial capacity of 500.

From 8pm there must also be four bouncers on the doors, with a further member of staff for every additional 100 visitors.

All guests who appear to look under 25 will be asked for identification.

Fourteen attacks have happened in the club since November - including one in which a woman kicked a bouncer in the face.

A door worker also had their eye gouged by a visitor at the club, which is the largest in Portsmouth with a total capacity of around 2,000.

And the club has been linked with another 21 crimes - 11 involving clubbers being in the possession of drugs.

Tory councillor Ken Ellcome, vice-chairman of Portsmouth City Council’s licensing committee, said to club representatives at a meeting this morning: ‘The recent history has not been good.

‘It’s all very well having new procedures and training, but we want to see action on the ground and ensure the improvements you are making are sustainable and don’t end up lapsing into further problems which has appeared to have happened in the past.’