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HACKNEY NIGHTLIFE

A judicial review brought by campaign group We Love Hackney (WLH) against the council's controversial licensing restrictions has been withdrawn after a judge refused to cap its costs.

The bitter row over Hackney's hugely unpopular new licensing policy is still raging a week on - with neither side showing any sign of calling it a night.

Rob Star started working in the entertainment industry when he wasn't even legally allowed in clubs.

Sadiq Khan's night czar Amy Lamé has finally broken her silence on the Hackney licensing row - almost 24 hours after the controversial policy was approved by the council.

Councillors last night approved a new licensing policy for Hackney that will introduce "core" midnight curfews for all new venues - insisting the plans won't harm the borough's thriving and creative nightlife.

Hackney Council looks set to plough ahead with its hugely unpopular plans to impose a midnight curfew on new bars.

A controversial licensing policy is set to be signed off introducing a midnight curfew for new pubs, clubs and bars - unless landlords can convince the council they won't be a nuisance.

Clubbers and campaigners are preparing for another dance-off with Hackney Council over plans to bring in a midnight curfew for all new venues and clamp down further on openings in Shoreditch.

A controversial late-night levy for traders selling booze after midnight is set to be voted on tomorrow night by Hackney councillors.

Backbench councillors have questioned the worth of a major consultation the town hall carried out to shape its new licensing policy for pubs and clubs.

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