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ATIK Dartford to reopen after two-week closure to address anti-social behaviour reports


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A nightclub will reopen its doors after it was ordered to close temporarily following a series of violent incidents.

ATIK Dartford was shut down last month after being served with a Section 76 notice under the Anti-Social Behaviour and Crime and Policing Act 2014.

ATIK nightclub in Dartford is set to reopen tonight after a two week closure. Photo: Google
ATIK nightclub in Dartford is set to reopen tonight after a two week closure. Photo: Google

Licencing officers from Kent Police applied for the closure following several incidents inside and outside the club.

It comes after an attack on a patrolling officer who was punched in the head in a nearby car park. Another officer was assaulted while attempting to arrest a man who was seen fighting in the same area.

Other incidents to have taken place include a theft of a mobile and wallet being reported inside the club, a noise complaint, a woman reporting her drink being spiked and a taxi driver reporting a man had jumped on his vehicle causing damage.

The Essex Road club, known formerly as Air and Breathe and Zens, expressed its disappointment at the decision and moved to reassure clubbers that their safety continued to remain its "number one priority".

It added that it was also aware of rumours circulating of a "serious incident inside the venue" that it says was "absolutely not the case".

Two officers were assaulted in a nearby car park last month
Two officers were assaulted in a nearby car park last month

But now the club says after working closely with officers it has been given the green light to open once again.

The venue will resume activity tonight from 9.30pm after the two-week temporary closure.

ATIK’s general manager Jordan Craine, said: “We have missed our guests and we know they have missed us, so we can’t wait to switch on the lasers, turn up the music and get the disco balls spinning for a weekend of fun.

"We will of course be operating our usual strict door policy so guests can enjoy a safe night out.”

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