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"Popular" Northampton nightclub face premises licence revocation Published Date: 21/09/2022

The Northampton Chronicle & Echo reported that the review was called following a “series of violent incidents”, door staff having “links to criminality” and the venue “posing a serious risk to public safety”.

Northamptonshire Police is reported to have said in a statement that they have lost “faith, trust and confidence in the venue's management and door team” and that the club “poses a risk to the public's safety”.

Elysium, described by police as a place where revellers “finish off their night”, is one of two places in the town to have a licence to stay open until 6am.

Northamptonshire Police submitted a statement to WNC's sub-committee detailing a series of significant and violent incidents at Elysium over the last 12 months.  The Chronicle reported that a meeting between police and the venue was held on October 28 where it was agreed that door staff would undergo police training, but that never transpired, according to NP. Police also say they asked Elysium to voluntarily close at 4am, but that was refused.

Further "violent incidents" occurred following this meeting.

Elysium owner Simon Thomson responded, saying the safety of hits patrons is the club’s “number one priority”.

The owner said:

“Throughout its history the venue has been well renowned for bringing special guest DJs and superstar guests to Northamptonshire and always worked consistently with the police.

“The safety of Elysium nightclub’s patrons is its number one priority and we will not tolerate those that try to undermine this. We are an active member of pub watch and the club has continued to adopt many new safety and ID methods on its own initiative.

"We are pleased to work with organisations such as street pastors and are grateful for the many letters of support that have been sent to the council. We hope that the council will recognise the efforts we make when the review is considered.”

Source: Northampton Chronicle & Echo