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Court action on untrained door staff

PUBLISHED: 08:46 12 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

A FORMER nightclub licensee has been fined £300 after being prosecuted for employing unregistered door supervisors.

Stephen Gunn, former licensee of Pestello's nightclub in Tayfen Road, Bury St Edmunds, was prosecuted by St Edmundsbury Council after admitting two offences of breaching licensing conditions in June this year.

A FORMER nightclub licensee has been fined £300 after being prosecuted for employing unregistered door supervisors.

Stephen Gunn, former licensee of Pestello's nightclub in Tayfen Road, Bury St Edmunds, was prosecuted by St Edmundsbury Council after admitting two offences of breaching licensing conditions in June this year.

Gunn, of Cricks Road, West Row, near Mildenhall, was also ordered to pay £200 costs after the case, which was the first of its kind in Suffolk.

St Edmundsbury magistrates heard that Gunn had employed door staff who had not taken part in a registered training scheme.

All nightclubs in St Edmundsbury which hold public entertainment licences now have to employ door staff who have received formal training through the Suffolk Door Supervisors Registration Scheme, which was introduced in January this year.

The scheme, which is recognised by the police, aims to train door staff in areas such as self-defence, restraint techniques, fire safety and drug recognition in a bid to improve the health, safety and welfare of revellers.

Gunn no longer runs the business and St Edmundsbury Council has received an application for its public entertainments licence to be transferred.

The owner of the building in which the club is situated, Derek Manning, said Gunn had been employed on a six-month contract but this had ended and the premises were currently being refurbished ahead of reopening next month.

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