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Beflast City Council restores nightclub Rain’s licence

By Lesley-Anne Henry

A Belfast nightclub accused of overcrowding has had its entertainments licence restored.

The city council’s licensing committee agreed to lift the suspension on Rain during a specially convened meeting last night.

The Tomb Street venue’s licence had been on hold since February 16 after a number of alleged breaches including overcrowding — in one instance exceeding its limit by more than 300 patrons.

Councillors met to consider revoking the license completely.

However, the club’s management offered assurances that new measures had been put in place to ensure it operated correctly.

“The decision to suspend Rain’s licence was not taken lightly but we take our responsibilities as a licensing and enforcing authority very seriously and, at the time, felt this was the only option,” said a city council spokeswoman.

“Members of the committee heard from the club’s management about changes which have been made and based on that, they took the decision to revoke the suspension.”

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