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Hassan Mohammed Omer Isman death: Avalon nightclub licence revoked

  • 21 January 2014
  • From the section London
Hassan Isman Omer Image copyright Met police
Image caption Hassan Mohammed Omer Isman, from Poplar in east London, was shot dead

A central London nightclub has had its licence revoked after a man was shot dead there on Boxing Day.

A licensing review by Westminster City Council, requested by the Metropolitan Police, found there were "numerous and far-reaching" management failures.

Hassan Mohammed Omer Isman, 31 from Poplar, received multiple gunshot wounds while he was in the Avalon nightclub on Shaftsbury Avenue.

Danny Walker, 32, of Haldane Road, Fulham, has been charged with murder.

'No hesitation'

Ch Insp Steve Osborn said police had applied for an "expedited review... after carefully gathering evidence about the management of the nightclub in the early hours of Boxing Day".

"It was clear the premises admitted customers when they shouldn't have done and the searching regime upon entry was weak."

Image caption The council said the club "should not even have been open at the time of the shooting"

Councillor Audrey Lewis, chairman of the licensing committee, said she had "never come across anything so serious" before.

"The police investigation into what happened on the night makes clear that there were numerous and far-reaching failures by the management in upholding their conditions of their licence.

"The club should not even have been open at the time of the shooting.

"We therefore had no hesitation in revoking the premises licence."

Dean Robinson, 32, of Nevitt House, north London, was charged with possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and hiding criminal property in relation to the 31-year-old's death.

Three other men also arrested in connection with the death have been bailed until February.

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