Saturday, 22 June 2013

Venues troubled in East End

The Macbeth
Two venues in East London are under threat of permanent closure. The nightclub East Village, has already been temporarily shut down pending a police investigation whilst The Macbeth, is fighting a planning application to build a residential block directly behind it.

A notice posted outside East Village states that its licence has been revoked by Hackney Council, pending a review within four weeks, due to suspicions that two men involved with the venue are "connected to serious crime".  Two men were arrested under the Proceeds of Crime Act following a joint operation by the Hackney Metropolitan Police's Money Laundering Team and Licensing Unit.

Meanwhile, the nearby Macbeth pub has launched a petition against a planning application that could see its live music nights curbed, or possibly ended altogether.

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