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Rain nightclub can still serve drinks but it is not allowed to put on any entertainment, including DJs

Rain nightclub can still serve drinks but it is not allowed to put on any entertainment, including DJs

Rain nightclub can still serve drinks but it is not allowed to put on any entertainment, including DJs

A Belfast nightclub has had its entertainments licence suspended by the city council for a number of alleged breaches.

Staff carried out several inspections at Rain nightclub in Tomb Street.

The decision to suspend the licence was taken at a meeting of the council's licensing committee on Wednesday night.

The licence breaches include three separate incidents of overcrowding on November 7, January 30 and February 6.

The suspension of the entertainments licence does not prevent the nightclub from operating.

Rain can continue to serve drinks and will remain open, but cannot put on any form of entertainment, including DJs, until the suspension is lifted by Belfast City Council.

Christopher Stalford, chairman of the licensing committee, said: "We take our responsibilities as a licensing and enforcing authority very seriously, particularly as these functions are exercised to ensure public safety in places of entertainment.

"Belfast has a burgeoning night-time economy and this is something 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."

PA