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Police in Epping Forest say that they are working with bars to stop late night revellers causing trouble in Loughton
A police force has explained why it withdrew an objection to a bar’s controversial bid to extend its opening hours.
A number of residents spoke out against an application from Nu Bar in High Road, Loughton, to open until 1am on Sunday, claiming there was already regular disruption.
But the bid was approved after police withdrew its concerns due to new measures being agreed with the owners.
Inspector Marc said: “We didn’t make representations as we had imposed a new CCTV condition on them very recently, and also amended their door staff condition to include Sunday.
“Nearly all incidents in Loughton are being attributed to Luxe, and Nu Bar rarely gets a mention at present so Luxe is our main focus.
“I am not happy that the club will be open later, but we live in a world of 24 hours licensing and free business.
“Resources are light on a Sunday night. However the force will continue to ensure that we effectively police Loughton High Road during the early hours.”
A soon-to-open Turkish restaurant, Mezeshpere in High Road, was recently granted permission to sell alcohol late at night, raising concerns of further anti-social behaviour.
And Insp Jordan said officers will be working hard to keep residents safe.
He added: “I will be asking for the district council to consider night time levy’s on some of our bars and clubs.
“The premises are on my radar, and I’m arranging a meeting with them regarding additional measures similar to what we have with Luxe.”
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