An A-levels results night event at a Burton nightclub may be under threat after plans to extend the club's opening hours to 6am were criticised by police.
Staffordshire Police claims it has been called several times to Allure, in Burton's Station Street, to reports of disorder or assaults, one of which involved a 16-year-old boy on the premises.
However, director of Allure, Reece Duncan, has denied that all of the incidents are connected to the nightclub and that ID for anyone entering the premises is thoroughly checked.
As a result of these incidents, the police’s licensing department has objected to plans to extend the nightclub's hours from 4am to 6am on August 18.
Allure is planning an A-levels results celebration night from August 17 through to the early hours of August 18 but its director Reece Duncan is expected to face East Staffordshire Borough Council’s licensing committee at 10am on Wednesday, August 9, which will decide the outcome of the application, following the Staffordshire Police objection.
Mr Duncan has applied to the borough council for a temporary event notice for its opening hours and sale of alcohol to be extended to 6am.
Staffordshire Police have made a representation in response to the temporary event notice application on the grounds that all of the licensing objectives would be undermined.
In a letter sent to the council’s licensing department Tracey Carsley, from the southern licensing unit at Staffordshire Police, said: “In the short time that the premises has been open and trading there have been several serious incidents of disorder/assault arising from the premises and spilling out into the street.
"One of these incidents involved a 16-year-old boy who was in the premises in the early hours of the morning. Subsequent police visits have also revealed breaches of the premise licence.
“Staffordshire Police objects to the granting of the temporary event notice as we believe that should the event be allowed to go ahead then all four licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, public nuisance and the protection of children from harm would be undermined."
However, the director of Allure, Reece Duncan, has denied all of the incidents are connected to the club or that an underage teenager was found inside.
He said: “We haven’t had much to do with the police. We had a brief email from them saying they would rather it not happen. We will be going to the meeting and having a chat
“We are unaware of that situation (of the disorder and assault). As far as we can tell it was an incident caused by a member of the public who had an issue outside the premises. It was nothing to do with the venue.
“We ID and search everyone on the premises so the case with the 16-year-old boy 100 per cent hasn’t happened. We have had only one incident recorded since we opened.”