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Hackney Council revokes licence of Morning Lane diner that was ‘effectively operating as a nightclub’

PUBLISHED: 17:22 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:59 25 May 2017

Aries Restaurant in Morning Lane. Picture: Google StreetView

Aries Restaurant in Morning Lane. Picture: Google StreetView

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A restaurant “effectively operating as a nightclub” has had its licence taken away after an “overwhelming” number of complaints from neighbours about the loud music and bass emanating from inside.

Aries Restaurant in Morning Lane was ordered to close for three months by Stratford Magistrates’ Court in March.

Now the diner on the ground floor of the two-storey terrace has lost its right to sell alcohol and open until 2.30am on Friday and Saturday, after the council’s licensing committee revoked Emmanuel Oslingboun’s licence on Thursday last week.

In a report, licensing officers said they had received numerous complaints since it opened in 2009 – but they were only going to mention those clocked up after March 2014.

Since that time they had visited Aries Restaurant 13 times after receiving 73 complaints from neighbours, and sent several warning letters to Mr Oslingboun.

Three years ago he promised not to hold any more events and to get a sound limiting device installed.

But the council continued to receive noise complaints by angry neighbours who could not sleep because of the “loud amplified music” and its patrons’ “other anti-social activities”.

Officers said they had “substantiated evidence” that the restaurant, which had no licence to play recorded or live music, was breaching the Licensing Act 2003.

Revoking the license, the sub-committee said the evidence had been “overwhelming”.

“We had no confidence and did not believe, given the record of complaints and the complete disregard shown, that the premises licence holder or designated premises supervisor would uphold or promote the licensing objectives.

“The failure of the licensee to be involved or respond to any part of the review process also exemplified, in [our] view, the concerns that had been raised.

“The lack of compliance, intimidating and aggressive behaviour by patrons and/or staff in addition to being told that the premises was effectively operating as a nightclub had also be noted and taken into account.”

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