A notorious pub and club could be shut down this week after three men were recently bottled at the premises.
The Black George on Uxbridge Road, West Ealing, which saw two men gunned down outside its doors in 2011, narrowly escaped closure three years ago, but had its opening hours slashed.
Owner Radomir Grkovic appealed the decision at the time and his appeal was eventually supported by the high court .
The recent incident on July 26, in which a doorman, and two club goers were hospitalised after being attacked with a broken bottle, could however spell the end for the infamous pub and basement club, CJs, after an urgent licensing hearing was called by the police.
Police have applied for the immediate suspension of the licence for the premises as an ‘interim step to stop further serious crime or serious disorder from occurring.’ A decision will be made at a licensing meeting tomorrow evening.
However Mr Grkovic feels victimised by the police and the council who he says have been ‘hell-bent’ on shutting the club and pub down for years.
He said: “On the night of the incident we had five door staff on when we are only required to have two. If someone is determined to take a bottle to a man’s head there is nothing we could have done to predict or stop them. And it was the same with the shooting. Someone with no connections to the club whatsoever happened to shoot at two people who had been inside our premises. This was outside and nothing to do with us. Luckily the high court recognised this and upheld my appeal as the council’s licensing restrictions could not be justified. But the police and the council are hell-bent at closing us and this time they may succeed. If the club is closed the pub which is on the same licence is likely to go too. We’re a popular establishment. A lot of local people come here. And this is my business and my livelihood.”
In a police statement to support the suspension of the licence Chief Inspector Colin Wingrove said: “These premises have long been associated with crime and disorder. A recent incident has been recorded as grevious bodily harm with intent and amounts to serious crime. Intervention has been attempted with both the manager and the licence holder. The conduct of the premise shows a complete disregard to the licensing objectives. Violence continues to be a serious concern for the Metropolitan Police. It affects public safety and is a source of serious crime. I am seeking an immediate suspension of the licence as a interim step to prevent serious crime or disorder from occurring.”
In an additional police statement it has been recorded that a number of incidents have occurred on the premises since April with some involving members of staff who have appeared to be drunk. A female member of staff recently had her jaw broken after being punched by a regular patron as she locked up. Disorder has also happened where large numbers of young men and women left the club with groups chasing each other up and down Uxbridge Road and residential streets causing buses and other traffic to swerve to avoid them.