Early closing for Bucks vodka bar

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Police praise Inventive 'responsible view' Inventive Leisure has agreed to close earlier at a second Revolution vodka-bar site to tackle antisocial...

Police praise Inventive

'responsible view'

Inventive Leisure has agreed to close earlier at a second Revolution vodka-bar site to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Inventive's Beaconsfield outlet will close at 11pm from Sundays to Wednesdays — an hour earlier than previously.

This move comes after the company agreed to close its flagship Leadenhall bar earlier after a couple of violent incidents. The Beaconfield site's earlier closure time is a voluntary move that takes the form of a six-month trial.

General manager at the bar Ian Collins told a local newspaper: "We have made an agreement with police to introduce a dispersal policy.

"It's not because there's a problem with crime and disorder but it's to aid the police with their fight against it."

A taxi-marshalling scheme allowing people to go home at different times was also in place, he added. The venue will have half an hour "wind-down time' each evening. It will now close at 2am on Fridays and Saturdays and one Wednesday a month.

Chief Inspector George Wrigley, South Bucks local police area commander, added: "I have been extrem-ely impressed by the responsible view taken by Inventive Leisure and its willingness to work with us and address concerns."

The new hours are set to be reviewed in September. Last month, the Leadenhall venue in the City of London had its hours cut from 3am to midnight throughout the week. It also had conditions attached that require the use of toughened glass and a CCTV operative to provide footage of any incidents.

Inventive Leisure did, however, defeat requests from police for polycarbonate glass, an ID scheme after 9pm and airport-style search arches — the City of London licensing committee agreed these were disproportionate.

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