Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Nightclub fined for overcrowding

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The owners of a Belfast nightclub have been fined £5,000 for overcrowding.

City council staff who checked the premises earlier this year discovered it had exceeded its crowd limit.

Coral Inns (NI), owner of Rain nightclub in Tomb Street, Belfast, pleaded guilty to three counts of overcrowding on January 30, February 6 and February 11.

The club's entertainments licence was suspended for seven weeks by Belfast City Council after the breaches were discovered by building control staff who inspected the nightclub.

A spokesman for Belfast City Council said: "Belfast has a growing night-time economy and this is something which the council encourages.

"However, where there is the potential for the public's safety to be at risk and where there have been alleged breaches of any licence, the council will take robust action.

"The council hopes that both the suspension of the entertainment licence and today's ruling sends out a clear message to licensees that overcrowding, or any other breach of their entertainments licence, will not be tolerated, as public safety is paramount."

The owner has also been ordered to pay court costs of £122.

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