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Police call for review of Gallery nightclub licence after Andre Bent 'murder'

Police have called for a review of a nightclub's licence in the wake of a suspected murder after a gig at the venue.

Andre Bent, 21, was fatally stabbed in Jubilee Square, Maidstone following a well-attended performance by rapper MoStack at the Gallery in Bank Street last month.

Forensic officers outside the Gallery Nightclub. Picture: Jim Bennett
Forensic officers outside the Gallery Nightclub. Picture: Jim Bennett

Initially, club director Trevor Modell insisted everyone in attendance was searched at the event on August 24, before later admitting in an interview with BBC South East that staff only actually checked "a few bags".

Mr Modell announced last week he was planning to close the venue and sell up following a huge backlash on social media, in which more than 5,000 people have demanded it shut for good.

Now a notice has been posted outside the Gallery, revealing that Maidstone Borough Council has received an application to review its premises licence, on the grounds of "serious crime".

The applicant is understood to be Kent Police after an email exchange between a councillor and a member of the town hall's legal team was shared with KentOnline.

It read: "The police have called a Summary Review of the premises licence under Section 53A of the 2003 Act.

Andre Bent (right) with sister Michaela and cousin Louis
Andre Bent (right) with sister Michaela and cousin Louis

"Responsible authorities and other persons have 10 working days from today to make any representation they would wish the Licensing Authority to consider on the full review of the premises licence, which must take place within 28 days of the police making the application (which they did late [Wednesday] afternoon)."

A Kent Police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm an application has been made to review the licence of Gallery nightclub in Maidstone.

"Until a decision has been made, it would be inappropriate to comment further."

A 16-year-old boy accused of Mr Bent's murder, along with four others charged with violent disorder, will appear at Maidstone Crown Court on September 24, when pleas are expected to be taken.

Maidstone Borough Council has been approached for comment.

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