Portsmouth nightclub Tokyo Joe’s could have its license revoked by City Council as a review is sought

Police incident outside Tokyo Joe’s in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth on Saturday evening. Four men were stabbed or lacerated and were hospitalized. A man has been charged.

A notice has been placed on the door of Tokyo Joe’s in Guildhall Walk setting a November 21 deadline for any performances to be made before a hearing by a licensing subcommittee makes a decision.

“The applicant for summary examination is the Chief of Police and the grounds for the examination are that, in the opinion of a senior police officer, the premises are associated with a serious crime or serious disorder, or both,” he says.

Tokyo Joe’s at Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, on Saturday evening.

It was originally agreed to temporarily suspend the license ahead of a full review hearing in the coming weeks, but an agreement was reached yesterday with terms in place allowing the nightclub to remain open until then.

“The review is sought on the grounds of serious crimes for GBH’s offenses with intent,” the police review request said.

“On Saturday, November 5, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a male customer was present at the licensed premises in possession of a bladed item. He was accompanied by a 15-year-old girl who was also present at the scene, he was also found in possession of suspected Class A drugs.’

A licensing subcommittee of the council would have to meet to discuss the application within 28 days of its submission and would have the option of revoking its license, applying new terms or making no changes.

Alistair Ritchie, the owner of the nightclub, said he was “continuing to work with all responsible authorities” in light of the review.

In a statement, the management of the nightclub added: “We will work closely with the police to establish all the circumstances surrounding the incident. We have implemented security measures beyond the requirements of our license and are shocked [by what happened].

“We hope that the evidence provided to the police will lead to a successful conviction and a long sentence.”

Earlier this week Charlie Ellins, 20, of Braintree Road, was charged with three counts of intentional injury, possession of a weapon in public and class A drugs.

The police also arrested a 15-year-old girl. She is no longer in custody but is still under investigation.

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