A town’s only nightclub is the venue for an ‘unacceptable’ level of crime, say police, as they push for it to be hit with sanctions.
Cocoon, in Gold Street, Kettering, will face a licence review at the request of Northamptonshire Police, after a spate of incidents in and around the club, including a 30-person brawl which led to six arrests and a 16-year-old winning a wet T-shirt contest in the club.
They have asked for its opening hours to be reduced from 5am, but the club’s owners say this will hamper Kettering’s night-time economy and deny they have served under-age customers.
In a statement, Insp Peter Chisholm said: “Only those few revellers benefit, the rest of Kettering do not, and would probably be astonished by the level of violence and disorder in their town. Cocoon represents a risk to the community of Kettering due to poor management.”
But Jose Ribeiro, owner of the club, said: “If they reduce our hours it will kill the late-night industry in Kettering.
“We’ve got very strong policies in place against disorder, violence and drugs.”
Police have revealed 24 incidents took place at the club in the past year. They say there is evidence to show under-age teenagers have been drinking in there, and have asked for a no under-18s policy to be put in place, as well as a new supervisor to be assigned.