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Is it the last roll for Dicey’s?

PUBLISHED: 17:05 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 24 August 2010

A CATALOGUE of violent events forced one of the borough s last remaining nightclubs fighting for its life, writes Lorraine King. Dicey O Reillys, in Neasden Lane, Neasden, faces a desperate battle to re-open after its licence was suspended by concerned c

A CATALOGUE of violent events forced one of the borough's last remaining nightclubs fighting for its life, writes Lorraine King.

Dicey O'Reillys, in Neasden Lane, Neasden, faces a desperate battle to re-open after its licence was suspended by concerned councillors last week.

Since the beginning of this year the venue, which is known as Dicey's, was plagued with a string of violent incidents, including a punter being punched in the back of the head, and a thug carrying out a bottle attack on two people.

The suspension lasts for 28 days and Brent Council will hold a full hearing into the future of Dicey's at the beginning of March.

Sergeant Adolphus, from Brent Police Licensing Department, said: "The interim suspension is an indication of how seriously the councillors view this sort of issue and how swiftly police will respond to close premises which we believe are generating crime.

"Without this action it is possible that someone could have been seriously injured.

"We shall continue to work with the premises management of all licensed premises in Brent to ensure they are sensible, social and safe places to enjoy for all in Brent."

The venue, which is popular with the Irish community, has been located in the heart of Neasden Shopping Centre for more than three decades.

Such is the popularity of Dicey's that a Facebook group set up to lament it's possible demise has attracted 1,000 members as the Times went to press.

Among the tributes paid to the venue was one reveller who said: "Can't believe it, I have had quite a few fabulous nites (sic) there with awesome people. Will miss good auld Diceys!!"

Recalling its popularity, another fan posted: "I randomly met my cousin for the first time in Diceys!

"It was more then a night club, it was a reunite club!"

Jack Sayers, an Irish

former councillor, who has been living in the borough after arriving from County Kerry 55 years ago, said its closure would be the final nail in the coffin for the Irish community.

He said: "There could be trouble there, but it will be a very sad day if it goes.

"It was very popular with the Irish community and with the demise of the Galtymore and Ashtons in Cricklewood, there is nothing left for the Irish in the borough.


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