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Man stabbed at Tim Westwood gig in Croydon town centre

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A MAN was stabbed at a Tim Westwood gig inside a Croydon town centre club in the early hours of Easter Monday. The incident took place on April 21, at the 12-20 nightclub, in Crown Hill, at approximately 2.30am and resulted in what police have described as "mass disorder" inside the venue which spilled out into the street. A 26-year-old man was found with stab wounds and was taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Three other men in their twenties were also assaulted during the incident. BBC Radio One hip-hop DJ Tim Westwood had played a special three hour set at the club that night. The manager of 12-20 said there was no evidence the incident took place within the club and there was nothing found on CCTV. Several people were arrested and the investigation is still ongoing but the police have now asked Croydon Council's licensing committee to suspend the club's licence. In the police report, compiled by Croydon Metropolitan Police Service licensing officer PC Darren Rhodes, it states that the venue, which was Shooshh until late February, is "the site of disorder most weekends". Police had spoken to the club's owner, Luke Mayle, the day before the Easter Sunday event about what they considered a 'medium-risk' event with Westwood playing. Investigating officers noted that at least two of the CCTV cameras were broken and one was pixelated, while it suggests the people concerned in the incident did not have their IDs scanned. It also states: "The Metropolitan Police has no confidence in the management of the premises. Having considered all options available to me I am of the opinion that this matter is so serious that a standard review procedure would be inappropriate and would not address the risk of further serious crime and disorder were the premises to reopen." Jetro Lopes, 20, of Lancing Road, Croydon, has been charged with attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, violent disorder and the possession of an offensive weapon. He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Croydon Magistrates' Court on May 18. 12-20's licence was due to be reviewed at a licensing sub-committee meeting on Friday (May 2) morning. To find out the result visit www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk

Man stabbed at Tim Westwood gig in Croydon town centre


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