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Rhino Club faces closing earlier
1:50pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in News
A SOUTHAMPTON nightclub could be forced to shut earlier after police became alarmed at the number of violent offences at the venue.
Police have called on councillors to today review the licence for the Rhino club in Waterloo Terrace, near Bedford Place.
The club, which has hosted top DJs from Fatboy Slim to Carl Cox, as well as local heroes Artful Dodger and James Zabiela, runs popular dance, hip-hop and soul music nights But police say club bosses have failed to take necessary steps to prevent crime, public nuisance and protect children from harm.
A 110-page police dossier details 99 incidents at the club in the past year. They include 36 reports of alleged assaults and around 56 per cent took place after 2am, police said.
The number of assaults is nearly double those at a similar nearby club, they added.
Police have urged councillors to reduce the club’s closing time from 4am to 2am.
Licence holder Robin Felgate was unavailable for comment. A hearing of the council’s licensing committee will take place today.