Licence reprieve for Alperton nightclub where girl, 2, was filmed partying with drinkers on the dance floor

Panthers is in Ealing Road (Pic credit: Adam Thomas)

Panthers is in Ealing Road (Pic credit: Adam Thomas) - Credit: Archant

A nightclub in Alperton has won its bid to keep its licence despite damning CCTV footage that captured children as young as TWO partying on the dance floor with adults.

Panthers in Ealing Road, will still be able to open but can only sell alcohol between 10pm and midnight from Sunday to Thursday, and for an extra 30 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights under the new rules.

Previously the popular nightspot was able to serve booze until 3am on a Friday and Saturday night.

The venue came to the attention of Brent Police after they received a number of complaints from residents about noise from a cricket-themed party which took place on February 15.

Officers put in a bid with Brent Council for its licence to be reviewed after they seized CCTV footage from the premises that showed a girl around the age of two on the dance floor.

Another child, who is aged around 10, was also seen dancing with ‘merry’ adults who were drinking alcohol until the early hours of the morning during a cricket-themed party night.

Children are barred from the club after 9pm.

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In a licence review meeting last week, Brent councillors imposed strict new licensing hours and told Mavji Meghani, director of the Beer Barrel Limited which runs Panthers, to undergo management training.

The review comes after a string of licence breaches over a three-year period, leading police to complain of a “lack of management” along with a lack of awareness of the club’s licensing conditions.

Documents submitted to Brent Council also revealed police attended the club to find a ‘lock-in’ as the shutters were down and the rear exit padlocked.

However the club was packed full of customers drinking alcohol more than two hours after closing time.

Speaking to the Times, Mr Meghani confirmed he will take training in licence management and said: “We have implemented an over 18s policy and our opening hours have changed.”

The club most also install CCTV at the entrance of the venue, the beer garden and smoking areas

If a ban on the sale of any alcohol is implemented in the future the club must close.

Panthers, which has been operating under a licence since 2005, was reviewed on the grounds of protection of children from harm, crime & disorder and public nuisance.

PC Paul Whitcomb, Brent Police’s licensing officer, said: “In conjunction with our partner agencies, the Metropolitan Police Service will always take action against licensed premises who fail to uphold the licensing objectives within Brent.”