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Opening hours are cut in a bid to reduce crime

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 15, 2013

15/01/13 Ciros Night Club - Market St, Ashby, Ashby CIROS club in Ashby to have opening hours reduced. Ciros on Market St, Ashby

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A PARTY hotspot is to have its opening hours reduced on police orders.

The CIROS night club, in Ashby, will no longer be able to serve alcohol after 2am on any night of the week and will close its doors half an hour later as police attempt to crack down on crime and disorder surrounding the venue in the early hours of the morning.

The police had become concerned at the ‘public disorder and nuisance’ near the venue and the amended opening hours will see the club close an hour earlier than previously.

The club’s owners managed to reach an agreement with the police after initially being at odds with them over the plans.

The venue had originally won the right to keep their opening hours as they were, but Leicestershire Police appealed the decision, and after ‘providing fresh evidence’, and with a court case looming as seemingly the only option to settle the dispute, the club was forced to back down.

But owner Lisette Bell-Simmonds insisted the agreement was an amicable one.

She said: “We’ve come to an agreement and we’re very happy with it.

“The police were unhappy with the 3am licence and appealed on the grounds of crime and disorder. We talked about it and both decided to give a bit and came to an agreement.”

Leicestershire County Council confirmed that the action had been taken in a bid to reduce crime and disorder in the area.

A spokesman for the council said: “In consideration of the licensing objectives, which seek to protect the public from crime and disorder, public nuisance and ensuring the protection of public safety, all parties have agreed that the premises will cease the sale of alcohol and regulated entertainment at 2am on any given night.

“Following conclusion of the appeal process, during which Leicestershire Police brought forward fresh evidence, an agreement to settle was negotiated between the police and the nightclub.”

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