Troubled nightclub’s licence is suspended

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A TROUBLED nightclub has become the first in the Chichester area to have its licence suspended following complaints about alcohol-fuelled trouble.

Thursdays Nightclub in Drayton Lane has been ordered to shut for 14 days by licensing councillors.

The club’s owners must appoint new staff, install CCTV and ensure workers are trained before it reopens.

It’s opening hours have also been cut.

The club will have to shut at 3.30am instead of 4.30am and stop serving alcohol an hour earlier at 2.30am following the decisions by Chichester District Council’s Licensing sub-committee members.

New conditions also mean a bus service taking customers to Chichester must stop at 3am instead of 4.30am.

Chief Inspector Alistair Darge said: ‘The nightclub has caused distress to many locals and Sussex Police will not tolerate further instances of violence and drunkenness.’

Solicitor James Anderson, representing the nightclub’s owners, said the move was a wake-up call.