Police officer 'frightened' of policing Mantra events, review hears

Police officer 'frightened' of policing Mantra events, review hears

Philip Dewey

Police officer 'frightened' of policing Mantra events, review hears
Mantra nightclub in Bridgewater Way.

‘Frightening' was how a police officer described working outside Windsor nightclub Mantra, which is having its licence reviewed.

The comments were made by PC Matthew Stocker, who was giving evidence at a meeting of the Royal Borough's licensing panel sub-committee earlier today.

The Goswell Hill nightclub could face losing its licence after reports of fighting, vandalism and drug use taking place during Windsor's night time economy hours.

PC Stocker, who has worked for Thames Valley Police for four years, said: "I have felt quite frightened working in that area and being outnumbered and we end up with a large number of people who are encroached and intoxicated.

"We believe there is more drug use taking place and more steroid use with largely built men who are ready to fight with the police.

He added: "I'm six foot three and for me to feel threatened is a big deal but I can't fit my hand around some of these men's biceps so it can't be natural."

PC Stocker went on to say that the club had been attracting the 'wrong kind of clientele' by promoting events to people outside of the town and by playing R'n'B music.

Acting sergeant Mark Gawthorp said he had issues with the way door staff had ejected customers from the club by throwing them over a barrier and their reluctance in assistance police investigations.

Representing Mantra, Lisa Sharkey said the club had changed its promotions policy since the club was taken over by new owner Ricardo Monty in July 2013, including a change to more mainstream and popular music instead of R'n'B.

She also referred to the changing of the door staff since Mr Monty's take-over and said that anti-social behaviour in Windsor's night-time economy could be attributed to all clubs and not just Mantra.

The review, held at Windsor Guildhall, will continue tomorrow.

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