Police to scrutinise all licensed premises in Brent following shooting at Park Royal nightclub
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The borough’s top policeman has admitted that licensed premises in Brent are not scrutinised enough leaving officers ‘vulnerable’ following a shooting outside a nightclub in Park Royal.
Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher, Brent’s Borough Commander, made the frank admission today in response to the incident in Abbey Road during a foam party on Sunday morning.
One man suffered gunshot wounds to his leg and another man, who was not shot, sustained head injuries when revellers at the club ran outside when the foam machine began to malfunction.
The suspects are believed to have opened fire at the fleeing crowd.
Announcing that an overhaul of all licensed premises in the borough will take place, Chief Supt said: “Licensing is not looked at effectively enough, we do leave ourselves vulnerable.
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“We need to look more closely on what our policy and procedure are in regards to licensing premises.
“That will also include off-licences and betting shops because you have off-licences serving alcohol from 6am and everyone wonders why they are drunken people by the tube station when everyone is going to work.
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Prevention is the key going forward.
“We need to make sure the communities are totally signed up for what we are trying to do.”
Officers from Operation Trident, the Met’s specialist team that investigates gang crime, are probing the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the on 0208 358 0051 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.