Security levels upped at Mr G's dance club, Batley

A DANCE club where underage revellers were spotted by police is stepping up security, the owner has said.

Thursday, 8th April 2010, 2:03 pm

The News reported last week that Mr G's Bottle Bar in Bradford Road was raided by police during a "sexkitten hot pants 'n' vest sex party" on March 27 after officers saw teenagers talking about it on social networking website Facebook.

Publicity for the event suggested the "Batley all-nighter" would continue until 6am, though the club's licence expires at 4am.

During the raid evidence of drugs was found in the club's toilets and the CCTV system was deemed inadequate.

Mr G's owner Colin Green was warned he was in breach of licensing conditions and was told unless he rectified those breaches it would be illegal for him to open.

Mr Green said he had been able to sort the problems, and was able to open over the Easter bank holiday.

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He has now hit back at police reports which say the club was full of underage teens, and said only 12 were found in the beer garden and weren't consuming alcohol at the time.

"That night it was a very busy night, and we turned away at least 40 underage people or people with no ID," he said.

The club's manager, and Mr Green's son, Adam, said a new CCTV camera had been positioned in the beer garden, and a member of door staff would be deployed to monitor the area.

The drugs found in the club are currently being analysed by police, but Mr Green said he was confident they were Mephedrone, also known as MCat, which has yet to be banned.

Adam said: "No drugs are tolerated and anyone found possessing or supplying drugs will be escorted off the premises and reported to the police."

Kirklees police licensing officer Sgt John McFadzean said the club would be revisited by police and council officers this week and they would be carrying out follow-up checks to ensure licensing conditions were being complied with.

He said: "Our biggest concern was the fact that the club was full of young kids. If Mr Green puts on more door staff and initiates challenge 21 door and ID checks then he will be allowed to reopen until his licence is reviewed by the council.

"If everything is not up to scratch he will be told he cannot open."

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