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Illegal nightclub where man was stabbed more than 10 times closed by police

The illegal disco has been linked to a series of violent incidents. Photo: West Midlands Police

The club, known as The Red Door behind Villa Road in Lozells, had no planning permission, was not registered as a business and had no music license or permission to sell alcohol.

West Midlands Police said they received numerous complaints about the room being messy and loud music disturbing neighbors and disturbing young children.

Violent incidents included a man stabbed more than 10 times in a fight in October last year, a man with a knife wound to his leg in June and a major disturbance in August where glasses were thrown.

There were a lot of complaints from locals about the loud music. Photo: West Midlands Police

Police intelligence also suggested the venue was linked to gang activity, used to sell drugs and gunshots were also heard inside.

The local ward team had worked with Birmingham City Council to build a case against site management and won a closure order at Birmingham Magistrates Court on August 15.

Inspector Nick Hill said: ‘This will be a huge relief to local residents whose lives have been marred by the anti-social behavior and crime this place attracts.

“Clubs are bound by strict regulations to ensure customer safety, such as security, CCTV and staff training, and disruption is kept to a minimum for people living nearby.

“The main building was only approved for storage purposes, but there was also a covered outdoor seating area, toilet block and kitchen. None of them had a building permit.

“We have obtained closure for three months initially, but we will ask for permanent closure and possible demolition.

“Local police teams are working with our Gangs unit to actively target anyone we suspect may be linked to violence and organized crime. We regularly organize law enforcement patrols to disrupt gang activity and operations to target people causing harm in our communities.

The club has been closed and faces demolition. Photo: West Midlands Police

A utility company was also called in to secure the site and deemed the wiring on the site to be a potential life hazard.

Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Justice, Community Safety and Equalities at Birmingham City Council, said: ‘We support this police action because unlicensed premises are, by definition, unregulated.

“We know there have been significant concerns about these premises, so hopefully this shows that we can work in partnership to keep our communities safe.

“We will continue to work with West Midlands Police to address issues relating to illegal and unlicensed activity, anti-social behavior and public safety and ensure that bars and clubs in Birmingham, as well as city streets, are safe for all their visitors.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement