After Dark doorman loses licence after town centre ‘scuffle’

After Dark in Nelson Square

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A man has lost his licence to work as a doorman in the town centre after he was involved in a scuffle.

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Wayne Sutcliffe appealed against the decision to have his licence revoked — but it was thrown out by magistrates.

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Sutcliffe, of Canada Street, Halliwell, who worked at After Dark in Nelson Square, was reported by police to the Security Industry Authority (SIA), which regulates door staff, following an incident in November.

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He was captured on CCTV being the “aggressor” in a fight.

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PC Andy Vernon, from the police’s partnership and licensing team, said: “Bolton has a thriving night economy. There are several thousand people who come to the bars, clubs and restaurants each week.

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“Door staff are relied upon to maintain order. Police make sure they have adequate training. In the event of conflict, door supervisors are expected to act appropriately.

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“The individual showed aggression towards a member of the public and went beyond using reasonable force.

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“We find the majority of door staff are helpful with customers and support the police and the licensing objectives.”

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He added: “We review CCTV footage and, if we find door supervisors are committing offences, they will be reported.”

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The SIA regulates the private security industry and aims to ensure workers are trained, qualified and meeting expectations of the role.

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Sutcliffe appeared at Bolton Magistrates Court, but David Hailstone, chairman of the bench, dismissed the appeal.

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Photograph and story courtesy of The Bolton News www.theboltonnews.co.uk