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Silk Bar in Gravesend forced to close following fight

A nightclub has had its licence suspended after police were called to a violent fight at the premises.

It happened at Silk Bar in Parrock Street, Gravesend on August 30, at 1.30am.

Silk Bar in Parrock Street, Gravesend
Silk Bar in Parrock Street, Gravesend

Police said they were called to reports of a fight between two groups of men.

A report of the incident claims glasses were used as weapons and a chair was thrown, landing on people not in the incident.

Officers found the venue to be in breach of at least seven of its licensing conditions.

The nightclub's licence has now been suspended following an application for a review from the police.

CCTV has been captured from the night and will be shown at the licence panel's hearing, due to be heard within 28 days.

Writing in his application for a review of the premises, superintendent Andy Gadd, said: "Management of this venue have a clear disregard for not only the conditions of their premises licence but are also putting members of public at risk by their mismanagement.

"Kent Police are of the opinion that if the premises were to remain open to the public it may be a flashpoint for further incidents of serious crime and disorder. Furthermore, the police wish to see this premises closed until a full review of the facts can be undertaken by the council licensing committee with regard to the management of the premises.

"This enables consideration to be given as to whether further controls are required at the premises so as to prevent serious crime and disorder."

The club's owner, Mel Ibrahim, 44, believes the club is being made "an example of" due to other crimes in the area.

She said: "Every weekend there is a bottling in Gravesend but never here. This is the first time this has happened.

"It's not about the money, it's about the legacy you leave behind. I care about my customers. Look at my reviews - they are all five stars."

Mel, who has worked on the doors of other bars as a security guard previously says she knows how to spot the signs of trouble and prides her bar on its clientele.

She says the club doesn't just let anyone in: "We have a firm no trainers and sports shirt policy", she added.

"We had a retired policeman here on the night and plenty of regulars.

"Right now I don't trust any one in this town. But the truth will come out."

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