A troubled venue which reopened this week under a new name could have its opening hours curtailed tonight after police called for tighter controls.
Roots and Kultured – the new name for the Crescent Club – may be ordered to close at 11pm on week nights and midnight at weekends in a bid to curb serious violence and antisocial behaviour connected to its predecessor.
Sergeant Peter Stewart-Maunder of Avonmore and Brook Geen safer neighbourhood team called for this evening's licence review following a string of incidents connected with the venue, which launched in December 2008 after a failed attempt to open as a lapdancing club. It closed in February when the licensees ran into financial problems.
Episodes of violence included the fatal stabbing of Ali Toprak, 33, following a brawl after a Turkish theme night last June, and another stabbing in January this year after a large fight broke out outside.
One man needed urgent medical treatment after having a glass bottle smashed over his head when a group of men were thrown out in December, and in January a 25-year-old woman had to be taken to hospital with large cuts to her legs following a fight inside the bar.
The club, which is in a heavily residential area, has also been the subject of 69 noise complaints to Hammersmith and Fulham Council over the last year.
Sgt Stewart-Maunder said: "Over the past 15 months the Crescent Club has become the serious crime hotspot in Hammersmith and Fulham."
He said patrols and undercover police had witnessed 'extended incidents of anti-social behaviour', and that attempts by the owners to improve security had failed.
He added: "It is quite clear from the resulting incidents that many of the 'promoters' engaged by the club attracted individuals who readily engaged in serious crime and disorder."
Owners MJP Properties transferred the club's licence into their own name after Passion Nights Ltd, the previous licensee, went bust.
The rebranded Roots and Kultured venue promises to be a hub for music, art, poetry, sculpture and design.
A notice in the window says the new bar will 'bring something not only for our fashion-conscious, savvy media clientele but our local community also.' Managers were approached by the Chronicle but declined to comment.
Berkan Kart, 22, of Tottenham, was cleared of the murder of Ali Toprak following a trial at the Old Bailey earlier this month. He admitted violent disorder and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
His brother, Bercin Kart, 21, was also charged with violent disorder and faces a retrial on June 14.
Former Premier League striker DJ Campbell was arrested last week in connection with the second stabbing in January.