Rhino club in Southampton closed down amid allegations of false imprisonment and blackmail

Rhino Club, Southampton

Rhino Club, Southampton

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A MAJOR police probe has led to the closure of a well-known Hampshire nightclub.

The Rhino Club has been shut down after police applied to have its licence withdrawn as a result of launching an investigation into alleged blackmail and false imprisonment centred on the venue.

It has emerged that officers made the application following an incident that happened at the Waterloo Terrace club which led to the arrests of three people connected with the nightspot.

The investigation relates to an incident at the club which is believed to have taken place when the club wasn’t open to the public.

Details of the suspected offences are not being disclosed by Hampshire police due to the sensitivity of the investigation but it is understood that no one needed medical attention as a result.

A police spokesman said that inquiries so far indicted the matter was contained to the venue and those connected with it and there was no risk to the public.

Officers confirmed a 70-year-old man from Romsey and a 42-year-old man from Southampton have been questioned on suspicion of blackmail, false imprisonment and assault.

A third man that was arrested by colleagues from the Metropolitan Police force in London has also been questioned in connection with the probe. All three have been released on bail.

Club owner Robin Felgate, 70, who has been associated with the club since 1977, confirmed he was one of the men arrested when the Daily Echo visited him at his home near Romsey.

He declined to comment on his arrest or closure of the club due to the ongoing police investigation.

The ensuing police investigation has led the force’s licensing department to apply to Southampton City Council to revoke the premises licence.

A letter was sent to the council’s licensing sub-committee by Superintendent James Fulton outlining the reasons why the club should no longer be allowed to trade.

During the hearing, that both press and public were banned from attending due to the police probe, members of the panel agreed that the licence should be withdrawn.

In a statement chairman Carole Cunio said that due to the “serious criminal allegations” and “likelihood of serious disorder at the premises involving persons concerned with the business conducted at those premises – including the premises licence holder”, the panel felt it necessary to revoke the licence.

The statement continues that in light of the evidence given, the sub-committee felt it had “no option” but to take away the club’s licence “in order to protect the public and those that might be caught in the crossfire as well as to address the risk of further incident at the premises”.

Can you help?

POLICE have released CCTV of men they want to speak to in connection with the false imprisonment and blackmail probe.

Anyone who recognises them or has information is asked to call Shirley CID on 101.

Committee paperwork shows police concern

AFTER the club’s licence was revoked owner Robin Felgate applied to change the Designated  Premises Supervisor (DPS) – the person responsible for the day to day running of the venue – after the previous DPS Satbir Giany resigned following its closure.

The application was to appoint a woman called Tanya Hayter to the role, but police objected to that after inquiries found that she was Robin Felgate’s niece.

Officers said they did not feel she was “strong enough” to carry out the responsibilities of running the club or far enough removed from the previous management.

In a report to the city council’s licensing sub-committee PC Sharon Conway said that the constabulary believed that the application was an attempt to “circumvent the decision to revoke the licence”.

The paperwork also named Ice Cold Management as the company that would take over as the  new licence holder.

The firm is listed at Companies House, and documents seen by the Daily Echo shows that it was set up in March, after the club’s closure, and lists Tanya Hayter as the sole director of the company.

The bid was subsequently withdrawn.

The papers to the committee also showed a previous link between the Rhino club and Richard Timson who was heavily criticised in a separate licensing report by police into the running of Club Regal in Eastleigh.

As reported by the Daily Echo last month, Hampshire police attempted to revoke the licence of that venue after they compiled a catalogue of incidents with evidence of drug taking and alleged violence by door staff.

In it they accused Mr Timson of being “prepared to sacrifice public safety” and “put people at risk” through “cost-cutting”.

Their report to Eastleigh Borough Council outlined Mr Timson’s “deliberate” attempts not to abide by the strict licensing rules.

The Rhino club papers show that Mr Timson was also once the DPS of the Pure venue, which was opened by the same management as the Rhino club which was next door.

In 2012 police had to visit the Pure venue and found it was also breaching its licensing agreement by operating as a bar and not as a restaurant for which it had been granted permission to open.

  • Additional reporting by Joe Curtis

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6:26am Fri 16 May 14

Rhombus says...

Ha ,Shady club owned by shady people.
Ha ,Shady club owned by shady people. Rhombus
  • Score: 36

7:03am Fri 16 May 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

close them all down , nothing but trouble.
close them all down , nothing but trouble. Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 8

7:06am Fri 16 May 14

The Man who says Hmmm says says...

Hmmm
Hmmm The Man who says Hmmm says
  • Score: 14

7:32am Fri 16 May 14

Dai Rear says...

Premises closed because alleged offences took place in them when not open to the public. Sounds like the Houses of Parliament should be closed then, seeing as they've been used as a location for massive fraudulent expenses claims for the last 15 years. Not to mention any supermarket where staff pilfered after the doors closed to the public. This sounds pretty weird..
Premises closed because alleged offences took place in them when not open to the public. Sounds like the Houses of Parliament should be closed then, seeing as they've been used as a location for massive fraudulent expenses claims for the last 15 years. Not to mention any supermarket where staff pilfered after the doors closed to the public. This sounds pretty weird.. Dai Rear
  • Score: 34

8:07am Fri 16 May 14

elvisimo says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Premises closed because alleged offences took place in them when not open to the public. Sounds like the Houses of Parliament should be closed then, seeing as they've been used as a location for massive fraudulent expenses claims for the last 15 years. Not to mention any supermarket where staff pilfered after the doors closed to the public. This sounds pretty weird..
agree - cant see how anything that goes on outside of trading hours can have an impact on personal or premises licence. The ability to change the DPS was the whole reason the licensing system was changed. Very strange. Place has been there for 37 years.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Premises closed because alleged offences took place in them when not open to the public. Sounds like the Houses of Parliament should be closed then, seeing as they've been used as a location for massive fraudulent expenses claims for the last 15 years. Not to mention any supermarket where staff pilfered after the doors closed to the public. This sounds pretty weird..[/p][/quote]agree - cant see how anything that goes on outside of trading hours can have an impact on personal or premises licence. The ability to change the DPS was the whole reason the licensing system was changed. Very strange. Place has been there for 37 years. elvisimo
  • Score: 11

8:27am Fri 16 May 14

wwozzer says...

This isn't the only club in soton that takes people it doesn't like to a room out the back.
This isn't the only club in soton that takes people it doesn't like to a room out the back. wwozzer
  • Score: 26

8:46am Fri 16 May 14

fat_doughnut says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Premises closed because alleged offences took place in them when not open to the public. Sounds like the Houses of Parliament should be closed then, seeing as they've been used as a location for massive fraudulent expenses claims for the last 15 years. Not to mention any supermarket where staff pilfered after the doors closed to the public. This sounds pretty weird..
I think it was more due to the fact that the licensee/ owner was involved not just staff?
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Premises closed because alleged offences took place in them when not open to the public. Sounds like the Houses of Parliament should be closed then, seeing as they've been used as a location for massive fraudulent expenses claims for the last 15 years. Not to mention any supermarket where staff pilfered after the doors closed to the public. This sounds pretty weird..[/p][/quote]I think it was more due to the fact that the licensee/ owner was involved not just staff? fat_doughnut
  • Score: 13

8:52am Fri 16 May 14

sotonwinch09 says...

Probably linked with Security Nation... The same security company the run the doors at Club Regal in Eastleigh. Such an awfully run security company.
Probably linked with Security Nation... The same security company the run the doors at Club Regal in Eastleigh. Such an awfully run security company. sotonwinch09
  • Score: 21

9:09am Fri 16 May 14

Big Mac says...

Turn it into student flats – it's already got the vomit aroma.
Turn it into student flats – it's already got the vomit aroma. Big Mac
  • Score: 11

9:12am Fri 16 May 14

massimoosti says...

The club has made many people in the Town a lot of drug money over the years and that money then used to "invest" in legit and get out making way for the next.

It is what it is and always has been from Shades, Escape onwards.

Always made me chuckle when the DE used to report / PR / Review on the new ventures of those previously involved and even the Police are known to hold their Xmas drinks / meal in one of the other venues.

However heard that in the previous 10 years or so wannabes with no real grasp have taken turns having a go and all slipped.
The club has made many people in the Town a lot of drug money over the years and that money then used to "invest" in legit and get out making way for the next. It is what it is and always has been from Shades, Escape onwards. Always made me chuckle when the DE used to report / PR / Review on the new ventures of those previously involved and even the Police are known to hold their Xmas drinks / meal in one of the other venues. However heard that in the previous 10 years or so wannabes with no real grasp have taken turns having a go and all slipped. massimoosti
  • Score: 2

9:54am Fri 16 May 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

The Man who says Hmmm says wrote:
Hmmm
Hmmm?
[quote][p][bold]The Man who says Hmmm says[/bold] wrote: Hmmm[/p][/quote]Hmmm? MisterGrimsdale
  • Score: 3

10:14am Fri 16 May 14

ToastyTea says...

Yeah this is pretty Shaddy but as clubs go in town Rhino has always been one of the better ones, remember going there 10 years ago now to see the likes of Stanton Warriors and Plump DJs and always a good night.
Yeah this is pretty Shaddy but as clubs go in town Rhino has always been one of the better ones, remember going there 10 years ago now to see the likes of Stanton Warriors and Plump DJs and always a good night. ToastyTea
  • Score: 10

10:52am Fri 16 May 14

bethkt says...

Always been disgusting! Inside and out
Always been disgusting! Inside and out bethkt
  • Score: 8

10:52am Fri 16 May 14

The Man who says Hmmm says says...

MisterGrimsdale wrote:
The Man who says Hmmm says wrote:
Hmmm
Hmmm?
Hmm.
[quote][p][bold]MisterGrimsdale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Man who says Hmmm says[/bold] wrote: Hmmm[/p][/quote]Hmmm?[/p][/quote]Hmm. The Man who says Hmmm says
  • Score: 11

10:53am Fri 16 May 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

The Man who says Hmmm says wrote:
MisterGrimsdale wrote:
The Man who says Hmmm says wrote:
Hmmm
Hmmm?
Hmm.
Oh.
[quote][p][bold]The Man who says Hmmm says[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MisterGrimsdale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Man who says Hmmm says[/bold] wrote: Hmmm[/p][/quote]Hmmm?[/p][/quote]Hmm.[/p][/quote]Oh. MisterGrimsdale
  • Score: 6

11:10am Fri 16 May 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

wwozzer wrote:
This isn't the only club in soton that takes people it doesn't like to a room out the back.
name them , la la brigade been watching too many gangsta films .
[quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: This isn't the only club in soton that takes people it doesn't like to a room out the back.[/p][/quote]name them , la la brigade been watching too many gangsta films . Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 1

11:59am Fri 16 May 14

thesouth says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
Probably linked with Security Nation... The same security company the run the doors at Club Regal in Eastleigh. Such an awfully run security company.
It doesn't say it's them at all. Be careful as you could be sued
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: Probably linked with Security Nation... The same security company the run the doors at Club Regal in Eastleigh. Such an awfully run security company.[/p][/quote]It doesn't say it's them at all. Be careful as you could be sued thesouth
  • Score: -7

12:33pm Fri 16 May 14

Eastleigh clubber says...

In a report to the city council’s licensing sub-committee PC Sharon Conway said that the constabulary believed that the application was an attempt to “circumvent the decision to revoke the licence”.
Police have got wise to "that old trick now"
In a report to the city council’s licensing sub-committee PC Sharon Conway said that the constabulary believed that the application was an attempt to “circumvent the decision to revoke the licence”. Police have got wise to "that old trick now" Eastleigh clubber
  • Score: 7

1:11pm Fri 16 May 14

itsnotjustice says...

these guys obviously been watching too many movie. this aint the essex boys. cant be doing things like that these days....... im going to be looking forward to all the trials and drugs convictions that come out of this so we can read the full story.
these guys obviously been watching too many movie. this aint the essex boys. cant be doing things like that these days....... im going to be looking forward to all the trials and drugs convictions that come out of this so we can read the full story. itsnotjustice
  • Score: 5

2:21pm Fri 16 May 14

Danniialicia says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
Probably linked with Security Nation... The same security company the run the doors at Club Regal in Eastleigh. Such an awfully run security company.
Same person pops again to have a dig about security :) ....Security Nation have not worked this venue for over a year and a half....Are you a non successful candidate that couldn't get a job with them or a company that tries to put other successful firms down..... either or..... no one cares!!!!!

I hope the venue manages to re-open, shame to see places close down.... i myself enjoyed many a good nights here.
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: Probably linked with Security Nation... The same security company the run the doors at Club Regal in Eastleigh. Such an awfully run security company.[/p][/quote]Same person pops again to have a dig about security :) ....Security Nation have not worked this venue for over a year and a half....Are you a non successful candidate that couldn't get a job with them or a company that tries to put other successful firms down..... either or..... no one cares!!!!! I hope the venue manages to re-open, shame to see places close down.... i myself enjoyed many a good nights here. Danniialicia
  • Score: -1

3:56pm Fri 16 May 14

sotonwinch09 says...

Danniialicia wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
Probably linked with Security Nation... The same security company the run the doors at Club Regal in Eastleigh. Such an awfully run security company.
Same person pops again to have a dig about security :) ....Security Nation have not worked this venue for over a year and a half....Are you a non successful candidate that couldn't get a job with them or a company that tries to put other successful firms down..... either or..... no one cares!!!!!

I hope the venue manages to re-open, shame to see places close down.... i myself enjoyed many a good nights here.
You care enough to reply.
[quote][p][bold]Danniialicia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: Probably linked with Security Nation... The same security company the run the doors at Club Regal in Eastleigh. Such an awfully run security company.[/p][/quote]Same person pops again to have a dig about security :) ....Security Nation have not worked this venue for over a year and a half....Are you a non successful candidate that couldn't get a job with them or a company that tries to put other successful firms down..... either or..... no one cares!!!!! I hope the venue manages to re-open, shame to see places close down.... i myself enjoyed many a good nights here.[/p][/quote]You care enough to reply. sotonwinch09
  • Score: 5

4:35pm Fri 16 May 14

S!monOn says...

itsnotjustice wrote:
these guys obviously been watching too many movie. this aint the essex boys. cant be doing things like that these days....... im going to be looking forward to all the trials and drugs convictions that come out of this so we can read the full story.
Maybe they'll turn it into a tv show for you.
[quote][p][bold]itsnotjustice[/bold] wrote: these guys obviously been watching too many movie. this aint the essex boys. cant be doing things like that these days....... im going to be looking forward to all the trials and drugs convictions that come out of this so we can read the full story.[/p][/quote]Maybe they'll turn it into a tv show for you. S!monOn
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Fri 16 May 14

03alpe01 says...

Student Flats anyone?
Student Flats anyone? 03alpe01
  • Score: -1

10:35pm Fri 16 May 14

Turtlebay says...

MisterGrimsdale wrote:
The Man who says Hmmm says wrote:
MisterGrimsdale wrote:
The Man who says Hmmm says wrote:
Hmmm
Hmmm?
Hmm.
Oh.
Are you permitted to call them Hmmm ohs?
[quote][p][bold]MisterGrimsdale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Man who says Hmmm says[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MisterGrimsdale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Man who says Hmmm says[/bold] wrote: Hmmm[/p][/quote]Hmmm?[/p][/quote]Hmm.[/p][/quote]Oh.[/p][/quote]Are you permitted to call them Hmmm ohs? Turtlebay
  • Score: -2

11:18pm Fri 16 May 14

Missdoyle says...

Bobs Your Uncle ? wrote:
wwozzer wrote:
This isn't the only club in soton that takes people it doesn't like to a room out the back.
name them , la la brigade been watching too many gangsta films .
It happens if you chose to ignore that and believe it only happens in films that's fine
[quote][p][bold]Bobs Your Uncle ?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wwozzer[/bold] wrote: This isn't the only club in soton that takes people it doesn't like to a room out the back.[/p][/quote]name them , la la brigade been watching too many gangsta films .[/p][/quote]It happens if you chose to ignore that and believe it only happens in films that's fine Missdoyle
  • Score: -4

11:19pm Fri 16 May 14

Crazycatlady12 says...

The old manager from around spring last year looks a lit like one of the men in this video???
The old manager from around spring last year looks a lit like one of the men in this video??? Crazycatlady12
  • Score: 1

12:47am Sat 17 May 14

techsture says...

Watch it burn to ground accidently within six months.
Watch it burn to ground accidently within six months. techsture
  • Score: 7

12:17pm Wed 21 May 14

Stater of the bleedin' obvious. says...

The Man who says Hmmm says wrote:
MisterGrimsdale wrote:
The Man who says Hmmm says wrote:
Hmmm
Hmmm?
Hmm.
That's easy for you to say.
[quote][p][bold]The Man who says Hmmm says[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MisterGrimsdale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Man who says Hmmm says[/bold] wrote: Hmmm[/p][/quote]Hmmm?[/p][/quote]Hmm.[/p][/quote]That's easy for you to say. Stater of the bleedin' obvious.
  • Score: -1

12:36pm Wed 21 May 14

Symnz says...

techsture wrote:
Watch it burn to ground accidently within six months.
deja vu!

Last time they were in financial troubles they did that.
[quote][p][bold]techsture[/bold] wrote: Watch it burn to ground accidently within six months.[/p][/quote]deja vu! Last time they were in financial troubles they did that. Symnz
  • Score: 1

5:33pm Wed 21 May 14

asmithnet says...

42 year old man....I wonder who that is
42 year old man....I wonder who that is asmithnet
  • Score: 1

4:51pm Fri 23 May 14

djbon87 says...

This is was a terrible night club... good ridance!
This is was a terrible night club... good ridance! djbon87
  • Score: -1

8:15am Wed 28 May 14

sotonblogger says...

JOKETING
JOKETING sotonblogger
  • Score: 0

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