Police back out of bid to close troubled Eastleigh's Club Regal after management change

Hampshire Chronicle: REPRIEVE: Police applied for a review of Club Regal's licence. REPRIEVE: Police applied for a review of Club Regal's licence.

IT is a venue that has been dogged by violence and drug-taking, where public safety has been put at risk and licensing laws flouted.

A damning dossier of evidence cataloguing problems at Eastleigh’s Club Regal was drawn up by Hampshire police in a bid to close the troubled night spot.

But despite the multitude of problems the controversial venue has won an 11th hour reprieve after new management was drafted in to turn the venue around.

The police report listing a catalogue of problems including:

  • Drugs including cocaine, amphetamine and MCat being used in the toilets.
  • Doorman “violently” assaulting a customer who had been thrown out.
  • Growing reports to police of door staff “aggression”.
  • A manager who failed to act when a female customer headbutted a doorman.
  • A woman illegally searched for drugs by three door staff who took her upstairs.
  • Failure to call police when a fight broke out inside and spilled out on to the street.
  • New staff given no training.

It is the second report of its kind that police have prepared surrounding the venue in Market Street and put before licensing chiefs yesterday.

In November last year police failed in a bid to restrict the licence, when despite “very real concerns”, council chiefs gave the man in charge of ensuring people’s safety there a second chance.

The report described the failings of the designate premises supervisor, Richard Timson, who police say was “prepared to sacrifice public safety” and “put people at risk” through “cost-cutting”.

The report outlines Mr Timson’s “deliberate” attempts not to abide by the strict licensing rules imposed on licensees who run bars and clubs in the night time economy.

Police said that against strict rules, he didn’t bother to train staff and simply looked on instead of taking action when incidents occurred on the premises.

The club, which is popular with students, only opened in the summer of 2013 after being closed for some time and is now owned by Ross Taylor.

Yesterday the committee heard that Mr Taylor had now taken a more active role in the day to day running of the club and had installed a new designated premises supervisor, Jamie Carter.

Officers said that as the problems were all associated with Mr Timson they no longer could present any evidence to request the closure of the club, giving the panel no option but to allow the club to continue operating.

Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton said the nightclub was a valuable business in Eastleigh but backed the police’s actions in preparing the report.

He said: “Having a nightclub in Eastleigh does keep business in the town and provide a local venue for late night entertainment, but it must have responsible management, and be balanced with the impact it has on local residents.

“Clearly it is right that the police have brought this matter forward if they have concerns about public safety at the Club.

“I’m sure the Licensing Panel considered all of the evidence carefully and make a decision in the best interests of all local people.”

Closing the meeting, chairman of the committee, councillor Wayne Irish, said: “We do look forward to having a nice, safe venue in Eastleigh.”

Speaking afterwards, Mr Carter said: “It is onwards and upwards. It is a good challenge.”

Previously it had traded under the names of Flava, Fusion and Martines.

'This club has been my life's dream'

ROSS Taylor, managing director of the club, strongly disputed the police’s accusations contained in the report and said there have been no violence-related arrests at the club during his tenure.

Mr Taylor, 35, said Richard Timson was removed from his role as designated premises supervisor after the police requested it.

He said: “We removed Richard because that is what police wanted us to do. He has had enough of the licence trade anyway and does not enjoy it.

“The police's issues with Richard were all hearsay but we had to take on board what they said and that's why we took that decision.

“There has been nothing but goodness brought to Eastleigh town centre including creating jobs and bringing more people to the place. I took over the venue in November and there has been nothing but good vibes.”

He added: “As far as the violence from doormen goes that is just simply not true. What you make of this report all depends on what you read into it. We do not agree with a lot of the stuff that has been said in this report.

“We put every measure in place so there are not any drugs in our venue. We do everything we possibly can and we invite police in to check.

“We have had no arrests regarding drugs.”

Mr Taylor, who is also a DJ, hit back at suggestions made in the report he had “no experience” running a club and said he has learned from his father Keith who was a licensee for 36 years.

“This has been my dream all my life and I will continue to follow that dream,” he added.

CCTV 'showed doorman assaulting customer’

OFFICERS started gathering evidence late last year, yesterday’s meeting heard.

CCTV footage had been seized of an incident on November 3 last year in which a “frustrated” doorman assaulted a customer “quite violently” by pushing him over.

Only a month later officers returned to the club while it was closed and took swabs from the toilets, which were empty and clean at the time – and found them to be a “hotspot” for drug use.

In the ladies toilets, the report said “high readings” of cocaine, amphetamine and MCat were
found, while in the men’s toilets there was evidence of cocaine use.

Just days before Christmas, police went to the premises again amid growing reports about
“aggressive” door staff at the club.

And in January this year they found new staff working at Club Regal without any training,
while a fight had also broken out inside the club and spilled out on to the street – but nobody called the police.

A day later, on January 20, a female customer made a complaint that she had been taken upstairs by three members of door staff who carried out a drugs search which police say was “unlawful”.

  • Additional reporting by Joe Curtis

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10:36am Wed 16 Apr 14

elvisimo says...

sounds like a nice place. You have councils coming up with these ludicrous plans for late night levy's yet when they have the opportunity of dealing with troublesome venues via the premises and personal licenses they fail to act. Somewhat hypocritical .
sounds like a nice place. You have councils coming up with these ludicrous plans for late night levy's yet when they have the opportunity of dealing with troublesome venues via the premises and personal licenses they fail to act. Somewhat hypocritical . elvisimo
  • Score: 16

11:46am Wed 16 Apr 14

sotonwinch09 says...

It is not a bad venue for Eastleigh and it is better run now Ross has taken ownership. The previous guys just seemed too out their depth. That said, security there do seem to think they have some sort of power over you. They wanted to search me one night which is fair enough but when I refused they tried to detain me and made out it was illegal to refuse the search.

It is not illegal, by all means they can refuse entry but they cannot detain you and they have no power to search anyone other than with their consent. I think they just need a little training. Not sure who the security company is but I have a feeling it is or was Security Nation. This company is run with back hand deals all over the place and the staff they employ tend to only have 1 brain cell.

This isn't a rant. The club is good and they put on some good nights and it's somewhere local to go. I just feel the need to improve or door staff training and also... Employ more bar staff!!
It is not a bad venue for Eastleigh and it is better run now Ross has taken ownership. The previous guys just seemed too out their depth. That said, security there do seem to think they have some sort of power over you. They wanted to search me one night which is fair enough but when I refused they tried to detain me and made out it was illegal to refuse the search. It is not illegal, by all means they can refuse entry but they cannot detain you and they have no power to search anyone other than with their consent. I think they just need a little training. Not sure who the security company is but I have a feeling it is or was Security Nation. This company is run with back hand deals all over the place and the staff they employ tend to only have 1 brain cell. This isn't a rant. The club is good and they put on some good nights and it's somewhere local to go. I just feel the need to improve or door staff training and also... Employ more bar staff!! sotonwinch09
  • Score: 17

12:00pm Wed 16 Apr 14

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

BEASTLEIGH
BEASTLEIGH RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Danniialicia says...

I think maybe people should take something’s with a pinch of salt.... If the club was really as bad as they make out surely it would have been closed. Seems to me that there are more personal issues from people who will do what they can to crush other peoples success. I think you will find that with most venues there are always complaints about Management / Door staff and even complaints about the police, and 9 times out of 10 they are made from people who have been refused entry or just plain drunk.
I have had many good nights out here and have seen nothing but friendly helpful staff. Working in the nightlife industry I have also heard a lot of rumours and seen firsthand where people slate other peoples companies to try and win the contracts themselves.
I think also the Security Company has changed hands and might be getting mixed up from when the club first opened when there was a lot of bad press.
Keep up the good work.... and for all you people slating the place, stay home and watch Eastenders!!!!
I think maybe people should take something’s with a pinch of salt.... If the club was really as bad as they make out surely it would have been closed. Seems to me that there are more personal issues from people who will do what they can to crush other peoples success. I think you will find that with most venues there are always complaints about Management / Door staff and even complaints about the police, and 9 times out of 10 they are made from people who have been refused entry or just plain drunk. I have had many good nights out here and have seen nothing but friendly helpful staff. Working in the nightlife industry I have also heard a lot of rumours and seen firsthand where people slate other peoples companies to try and win the contracts themselves. I think also the Security Company has changed hands and might be getting mixed up from when the club first opened when there was a lot of bad press. Keep up the good work.... and for all you people slating the place, stay home and watch Eastenders!!!! Danniialicia
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Jonno70 says...

Bring back Martines
Bring back Martines Jonno70
  • Score: 14

1:01pm Wed 16 Apr 14

issacchunt says...

Jonno70 wrote:
Bring back Martines
Marrrt-eeeennes was' nt it? Eastleigh home of 6 fingered gloves and L shaped churches as the bride and grooms family sit on the same side for obvious reasons......
[quote][p][bold]Jonno70[/bold] wrote: Bring back Martines[/p][/quote]Marrrt-eeeennes was' nt it? Eastleigh home of 6 fingered gloves and L shaped churches as the bride and grooms family sit on the same side for obvious reasons...... issacchunt
  • Score: -1

3:52pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Opinionated hot mum says...

The same Jamie Carter that ran Earth and some of the same door staff from there too???. Hence why I haven't been, nor shall I be going.
The same Jamie Carter that ran Earth and some of the same door staff from there too???. Hence why I haven't been, nor shall I be going. Opinionated hot mum
  • Score: 7

4:01pm Wed 16 Apr 14

smith62 says...

Jonno70 wrote:
Bring back Martines
In case you have forgotten martines had just as many problems! The paddy wagon was always in stitu on a friday and Saturday night and drugs were always found int the loos.

I remember a couple being in there one night who clearly didn't have the money to get a room!
[quote][p][bold]Jonno70[/bold] wrote: Bring back Martines[/p][/quote]In case you have forgotten martines had just as many problems! The paddy wagon was always in stitu on a friday and Saturday night and drugs were always found int the loos. I remember a couple being in there one night who clearly didn't have the money to get a room! smith62
  • Score: 5

6:07pm Wed 16 Apr 14

pgswanny says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
It is not a bad venue for Eastleigh and it is better run now Ross has taken ownership. The previous guys just seemed too out their depth. That said, security there do seem to think they have some sort of power over you. They wanted to search me one night which is fair enough but when I refused they tried to detain me and made out it was illegal to refuse the search.

It is not illegal, by all means they can refuse entry but they cannot detain you and they have no power to search anyone other than with their consent. I think they just need a little training. Not sure who the security company is but I have a feeling it is or was Security Nation. This company is run with back hand deals all over the place and the staff they employ tend to only have 1 brain cell.

This isn't a rant. The club is good and they put on some good nights and it's somewhere local to go. I just feel the need to improve or door staff training and also... Employ more bar staff!!
Do you know anything about security nation...I work for them and worked at this club from opening till a few months ago...There is no one there that would take a back hander for any reason, I was there when a few of these so called events happened ..They are blown up and exaggerated or just lies.....
It was also the police that were at fault when the girl headbutted the doorman not the managers, they were asked to arrest her or take her away they refused saying there is no room at the station then went on to headbutt the doormen and then they done something about it.
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: It is not a bad venue for Eastleigh and it is better run now Ross has taken ownership. The previous guys just seemed too out their depth. That said, security there do seem to think they have some sort of power over you. They wanted to search me one night which is fair enough but when I refused they tried to detain me and made out it was illegal to refuse the search. It is not illegal, by all means they can refuse entry but they cannot detain you and they have no power to search anyone other than with their consent. I think they just need a little training. Not sure who the security company is but I have a feeling it is or was Security Nation. This company is run with back hand deals all over the place and the staff they employ tend to only have 1 brain cell. This isn't a rant. The club is good and they put on some good nights and it's somewhere local to go. I just feel the need to improve or door staff training and also... Employ more bar staff!![/p][/quote]Do you know anything about security nation...I work for them and worked at this club from opening till a few months ago...There is no one there that would take a back hander for any reason, I was there when a few of these so called events happened ..They are blown up and exaggerated or just lies..... It was also the police that were at fault when the girl headbutted the doorman not the managers, they were asked to arrest her or take her away they refused saying there is no room at the station then went on to headbutt the doormen and then they done something about it. pgswanny
  • Score: -3

6:52pm Wed 16 Apr 14

sarfhamton says...

Sounds great
Sounds great sarfhamton
  • Score: 0

6:57pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Eastleigh clubber says...

Sorry to disagree with some of you but the place is shocking. The carpets need burning the bar staff haven't got a clue. The entertainment is terrible, the doormen are rude and aggressive. They don't serve a decent pint. I am not surprised by the high drug reading in the toilet. The gents toilets don't have sinks and if you ask for Malibu or archers you get the tescos cheap stuff, trading standards be aware.
Sorry to disagree with some of you but the place is shocking. The carpets need burning the bar staff haven't got a clue. The entertainment is terrible, the doormen are rude and aggressive. They don't serve a decent pint. I am not surprised by the high drug reading in the toilet. The gents toilets don't have sinks and if you ask for Malibu or archers you get the tescos cheap stuff, trading standards be aware. Eastleigh clubber
  • Score: 4

7:15pm Wed 16 Apr 14

smith62 says...

issacchunt wrote:
Jonno70 wrote:
Bring back Martines
Marrrt-eeeennes was' nt it? Eastleigh home of 6 fingered gloves and L shaped churches as the bride and grooms family sit on the same side for obvious reasons......
We arnt all inbreds!
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonno70[/bold] wrote: Bring back Martines[/p][/quote]Marrrt-eeeennes was' nt it? Eastleigh home of 6 fingered gloves and L shaped churches as the bride and grooms family sit on the same side for obvious reasons......[/p][/quote]We arnt all inbreds! smith62
  • Score: 0

8:05pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Stubs says...

Any night club in Eastleigh seems to be a problem. There used to be a club called Charlie Parker's which was once the Indigo room. That got closed down because of violent behaviour.
Any night club in Eastleigh seems to be a problem. There used to be a club called Charlie Parker's which was once the Indigo room. That got closed down because of violent behaviour. Stubs
  • Score: 0

8:58pm Wed 16 Apr 14

smith62 says...

Stubs wrote:
Any night club in Eastleigh seems to be a problem. There used to be a club called Charlie Parker's which was once the Indigo room. That got closed down because of violent behaviour.
it was called Felix park, ive never heard of charlie parkers.
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: Any night club in Eastleigh seems to be a problem. There used to be a club called Charlie Parker's which was once the Indigo room. That got closed down because of violent behaviour.[/p][/quote]it was called Felix park, ive never heard of charlie parkers. smith62
  • Score: 0

9:50pm Wed 16 Apr 14

sotonwinch09 says...

pgswanny wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
It is not a bad venue for Eastleigh and it is better run now Ross has taken ownership. The previous guys just seemed too out their depth. That said, security there do seem to think they have some sort of power over you. They wanted to search me one night which is fair enough but when I refused they tried to detain me and made out it was illegal to refuse the search.

It is not illegal, by all means they can refuse entry but they cannot detain you and they have no power to search anyone other than with their consent. I think they just need a little training. Not sure who the security company is but I have a feeling it is or was Security Nation. This company is run with back hand deals all over the place and the staff they employ tend to only have 1 brain cell.

This isn't a rant. The club is good and they put on some good nights and it's somewhere local to go. I just feel the need to improve or door staff training and also... Employ more bar staff!!
Do you know anything about security nation...I work for them and worked at this club from opening till a few months ago...There is no one there that would take a back hander for any reason, I was there when a few of these so called events happened ..They are blown up and exaggerated or just lies.....
It was also the police that were at fault when the girl headbutted the doorman not the managers, they were asked to arrest her or take her away they refused saying there is no room at the station then went on to headbutt the doormen and then they done something about it.
I am on about the owner of Security Nation. Involved in so many dodgy dealings. Sorry but how is it the fault of the police that a grown adult head butted someone? Are they not responsible for their own actions? Also it's for the police to decide if someone needs arresting, not door staff with no knowledge of the law.
[quote][p][bold]pgswanny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: It is not a bad venue for Eastleigh and it is better run now Ross has taken ownership. The previous guys just seemed too out their depth. That said, security there do seem to think they have some sort of power over you. They wanted to search me one night which is fair enough but when I refused they tried to detain me and made out it was illegal to refuse the search. It is not illegal, by all means they can refuse entry but they cannot detain you and they have no power to search anyone other than with their consent. I think they just need a little training. Not sure who the security company is but I have a feeling it is or was Security Nation. This company is run with back hand deals all over the place and the staff they employ tend to only have 1 brain cell. This isn't a rant. The club is good and they put on some good nights and it's somewhere local to go. I just feel the need to improve or door staff training and also... Employ more bar staff!![/p][/quote]Do you know anything about security nation...I work for them and worked at this club from opening till a few months ago...There is no one there that would take a back hander for any reason, I was there when a few of these so called events happened ..They are blown up and exaggerated or just lies..... It was also the police that were at fault when the girl headbutted the doorman not the managers, they were asked to arrest her or take her away they refused saying there is no room at the station then went on to headbutt the doormen and then they done something about it.[/p][/quote]I am on about the owner of Security Nation. Involved in so many dodgy dealings. Sorry but how is it the fault of the police that a grown adult head butted someone? Are they not responsible for their own actions? Also it's for the police to decide if someone needs arresting, not door staff with no knowledge of the law. sotonwinch09
  • Score: 9

7:03am Thu 17 Apr 14

issacchunt says...

smith62 wrote:
issacchunt wrote:
Jonno70 wrote:
Bring back Martines
Marrrt-eeeennes was' nt it? Eastleigh home of 6 fingered gloves and L shaped churches as the bride and grooms family sit on the same side for obvious reasons......
We arnt all inbreds!
You sure?
[quote][p][bold]smith62[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonno70[/bold] wrote: Bring back Martines[/p][/quote]Marrrt-eeeennes was' nt it? Eastleigh home of 6 fingered gloves and L shaped churches as the bride and grooms family sit on the same side for obvious reasons......[/p][/quote]We arnt all inbreds![/p][/quote]You sure? issacchunt
  • Score: -1

9:38am Thu 17 Apr 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

issacchunt wrote:
smith62 wrote:
issacchunt wrote:
Jonno70 wrote:
Bring back Martines
Marrrt-eeeennes was' nt it? Eastleigh home of 6 fingered gloves and L shaped churches as the bride and grooms family sit on the same side for obvious reasons......
We arnt all inbreds!
You sure?
usual eastleigh nonsense ,one horse town.
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smith62[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonno70[/bold] wrote: Bring back Martines[/p][/quote]Marrrt-eeeennes was' nt it? Eastleigh home of 6 fingered gloves and L shaped churches as the bride and grooms family sit on the same side for obvious reasons......[/p][/quote]We arnt all inbreds![/p][/quote]You sure?[/p][/quote]usual eastleigh nonsense ,one horse town. Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 1

4:54pm Thu 17 Apr 14

indigow says...

Staff seem alright never had a problem.
On the other hand the place does need a bit of a sort out, I was driving and wanted a glass of coke, and ended up waiting an hour and a half for a drink which i thought was ridiculous.
The girls toilets, most of the toilets dont have toilet seats and a couple of the cubicles do not have doors on them and are rather grubby.
GET DRINKS ON DRAUGHT NOT BOTTLES!
Sometimes, ive seen more of a gathering at a funeral than here besides that its a good venue just needs a bit of a sort out and refurb and better trained staff/more staff.
Staff seem alright never had a problem. On the other hand the place does need a bit of a sort out, I was driving and wanted a glass of coke, and ended up waiting an hour and a half for a drink which i thought was ridiculous. The girls toilets, most of the toilets dont have toilet seats and a couple of the cubicles do not have doors on them and are rather grubby. GET DRINKS ON DRAUGHT NOT BOTTLES! Sometimes, ive seen more of a gathering at a funeral than here besides that its a good venue just needs a bit of a sort out and refurb and better trained staff/more staff. indigow
  • Score: 1

6:17pm Thu 17 Apr 14

randyalton says...

i was attacked by the old door staff because i refused a drug search as they did not have the right to do so without my consent. however i am not a drug user and was not carrying drugs on myself to sell etc. so when i did refuse the pinned me to the floor and face planted my head to the ground so hard. another door man strangled me and i could not breath so the only thing i could do was to bite him. i then got away as the proceeded to chase me down market street. i was heading towards home but couldn`t breath properly so saw a door man on the doors of the littern tree and asked him to help me. he held me till the other door men came over and pushed me to the floor and the same guy strangled me again before a police man came and stopped as he looked over me.
This was totally out of order and i filed a compliant about this individual Michael Dare. stay away from him. he is a nasty man and no wonder why his gf Charlotte Mathews at the time left him.
However i now know that the club has a new owner and new staff on the door which is brilliant. i also know that there will be training for the staff.
Ross Taylor is a great guy tho i havent met him in person my bf knows him personally and i think this is a start to a new beginning.
So good luck with it :)
i was attacked by the old door staff because i refused a drug search as they did not have the right to do so without my consent. however i am not a drug user and was not carrying drugs on myself to sell etc. so when i did refuse the pinned me to the floor and face planted my head to the ground so hard. another door man strangled me and i could not breath so the only thing i could do was to bite him. i then got away as the proceeded to chase me down market street. i was heading towards home but couldn`t breath properly so saw a door man on the doors of the littern tree and asked him to help me. he held me till the other door men came over and pushed me to the floor and the same guy strangled me again before a police man came and stopped as he looked over me. This was totally out of order and i filed a compliant about this individual Michael Dare. stay away from him. he is a nasty man and no wonder why his gf Charlotte Mathews at the time left him. However i now know that the club has a new owner and new staff on the door which is brilliant. i also know that there will be training for the staff. Ross Taylor is a great guy tho i havent met him in person my bf knows him personally and i think this is a start to a new beginning. So good luck with it :) randyalton
  • Score: 1

7:46pm Wed 30 Apr 14

asmithnet says...

I heard the club closed last weekend?
I heard the club closed last weekend? asmithnet
  • Score: 0

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