Debate over nightspot alcohol licences after fatal stabbing

Debate over nightspot alcohol licences after fatal stabbing

Justin Burns

Debate over nightspot alcohol licences after fatal stabbing
Seán Noctor
A review of licences at night-time venues in Windsor could be carried out depending on the results of a police consultation, a top Royal Borough councillor has said.

Cabinet member for environmental services Cllr Carwyn Cox was speaking at a full council meeting at Maidenhead Town Hall on Tuesday.

He answered a question by Cllr Colin Rayner (Con, Wraysbury and Horton) asking the authority to reconsider whether licenses should be granted to clubs that sell alcohol after 2am.

Cllr Rayner said the borough should look into how the night-time economy is managed in light of the fatal stabbing of Windsor man Seán Noctor, 24, on July 28.

Cllr Cox said: "This was a tragic incident.

"We will have to wait and see what happens [with police].

"It may well be following their consultations we need a review of licences."

Cllr Cox said findings from a consultation being carried out by Thames Valley Police in conjunction with the council will be released in November.

He added the borough must make sure its night-time economy in years to come is 'vibrant and safe' for revellers.

In the past the authority has faced frustration when it tried to restrict club opening hours because of the confused state of licensing law.

Cllr Cox said police chiefs say there has been a year-on-year reduction in night-time related incidents in Windsor.

Cllr Rayner, a former mayor, said: "It is important our residents and children can go out in Windsor and be safe.

"We must work together to make sure it is safe and it does not happen in our town again."

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