A Plymouth licensee who left a man seriously injured in the street outside his club has been ordered to close his controversial establishment down.
Gary Miller, who ran Choo-Choo’s until he was removed from his post last year, and Jumping Jacks pub until that license was revoked in 2009, must now close ‘The Venue’ nightclub.
A council committee heard Mr Miller described as a “magnet for violence”who “didn’t have a clue as to what was going on” in his business ventures.
He and colleagues Danny Robinson and Stefan Williams were hauled in front of the council’s licensing committee yesterday (Tuesday).
Counsel James Taghdissian said on behalf of the local police that the behaviour of Venue’s bouncers and management was “woeful”.
He said the 500 capacity club was “badly run” and that the trio took no notice of police warnings.
Gary Miller was sole company director of Crown Pub Property Solutions Limited when it ran Choo Choo’s in Union Street, Plymouth.
That club folded amidst police concerns it would “undermine the crime prevention objective”
The situation came to a tragic flashpoint in May of last year, after a 30 year old man was found with a severe head injury, lying in vomit and excrement outside the Union Street night-spot.
He suffered life-changing injuries: police told the council regarding that attack they believed he was dragged from an area of the club with blocked drains, out into the street.
The council heard the club’s regulars read like a ‘Who’s Who’ of Plymouth’s most wanted criminals.
At the latest licensing hearing this week the police showed councillors CCTV film of two violent attacks, in and outside Venue.
In one case, a man with injuries so severe they’ve led to a prosecution for grievous bodily harm was left standing on a street corner.
Mr Miller’s associate Danny Robinson admitted he “had to hold his hand up” to some incidents, but claimed no knowledge of others.
He added that sometimes drunk clubbers made claims that were disproven by CCTV.
The police licensing officer Fred Prout decided the violence at Venue was so serious it could not be allowed to remain open.
Cllr Ian Gordon told Miller: “You seem to be a magnet for violence.”
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