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Belfast's Rain nightclub fined £5,000 for overcrowding

A Belfast nightclub owner has been fined a total of £5,000 for breaches of its entertainments licence.

Coral Inns (NI) Ltd, licensee of Rain in Tomb Street, pleaded guilty to three counts of overcrowding on January 30, February 6 and February 11 this year. They were also ordered to pay court costs of £122.

In February 2011 the council’s Licensing Committee took the unusual step of suspending Rain’s entertainments licence for seven weeks following the breaches which were detected by Building Control staff during a number of inspections at the nightclub.

A Belfast City Council spokesperson said: “The council takes its responsibilities as a licensing and enforcing authority very seriously, particularly where those responsibilities ensure public safety in places of entertainment.

“Belfast has a growing night time economy and this is something which the council encourages and is extremely supportive of; 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 when necessary.

“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."

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