Brent Police 'fast track' bid to close down Harlesden nightclub …
06:45 14 May 2015
Jet Set nightclub is facing closure (Pic credit: Adam Thomas)
Adam Tiernan Thomas
A popular night club in Harlesden is facing closure following a series of violent incidents involving rowdy revellers.
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Police incidents at Jet Set night club
March 2008: Valdemar Andrade,28, shot in the head after stepping in to defuse a fight outside of the club.
October 2010: Police hunt five men in connection with a violent attack on a 29-year-old man who was repeatedly hit over the head with a bottle.
June 2014: A suspect was arrested for punching a fellow party-goer three times after using large stone to damage the club door when security guards refused them entry.
August 2014: A suspect was arrested for assault and actual bodily harm after victim is left with a cut nose and swollen face following a fight close to the club.
November 2014: A suspect runs towards a police officer threatening violence and swearing.
January 2015: Suspect makes nazi salutes and shouts explicit racial slurs in view of the public.
March 2015: Client contacts police claiming to have been punched in the face in an unprovoked attack whilst smoking outside the club.
April 2015: Suspect is cautioned after waving chef knives around after being kicked out of club.
April 2015: Police called to affray and large disturbance with one suspect holding a baseball bat. Officers were assaulted and threatened.
April 2015: Two police officers injured in altercation with suspects, one of whom is in possession of a small knife.
Men forcibly removed from premises after scuffles break out
Jet Set in Harlesden High Street, could be shut down immediately if an application by Brent Police is given the thumbs up by the council next Thursday.
Officers have made EIGHT arrests outside the club over two weekends last month during street brawls involving revellers in the early hours of the morning.
In one incident on April 19, a policeman was assaulted by a clubber and in another a baseball-wielding man was apprehended by officers alongside four other fighters.
Police requested a fast-track review of the club s licence after they had to return to the club the following weekend to forcibly remove a number of guests when scuffles broke out.
In a statement in support of the police s application, a resident wrote that after 4am: The clientele congregate outside of the club for at least an hour, shouting at each other.
The management and door staff seemingly do nothing to move them on (or clear up the vomit that the clubbers kindly leave in the area too).
They added that police had regularly been called following trouble at the premises over the previous 18 months and said: It is simply not fair that my weekends (and I expect those of many other local residents) should be ruined on a regular basis.
A spokesman from Brent Council said: Councillors heard an application from the Metropolitan Police at the licensing meeting of April 29, relating to Jet7Set club on the grounds of serious crime and disorder.
The club first came to the police s attention after a reveller was shot in the head in 2008.
Valdemar Andrade, who was 26 at the time, was acting as a peacemaker during a row when he was gunned down by Craig Robinson and Daniel Simpson, both from Harlesden.
During their trial in 2009, the jury heard how Mr Andrade defied the odds by surviving his injuries, but now needs around-the-clock care.
Antonio Martins, the Jet Set owner, denied there was trouble at the club.
He told the Times: We are still going to be open as usual, there are no problems whatsoever.
This is all a misunderstanding.
A final decision on the club s fate will be made by Brent Council on May 21.
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