Up to 400 teenagers turned up to the under-18s event in Station Road, Chingford, last night

Police called to disperse crowds at under-18s party

Police called to disperse crowds at under-18s party

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Police were called to disperse up to 200 teenagers denied entry to an under-18 event at a bar.

The night at Loco Lounge in Station Road, Chingford, was heavily publicised on social networks and within 45 minutes of opening, the venue had reached its maximum capacity of 180 people.

But young people, some of whom police described as “possibly intoxicated”, congregated outside the venue.

Police were called to the bar at 9:20pm following complaints of a large number of young people causing a nuisance in the street.

They started to disperse when officers arrived and no arrests were made.

Battista Battaglia, owner of Italian restaurant L'Artista in Station Road said he had to lock his doors to prevent further disturbance.

He said: "It was a big nuisance last night. The bar had reached its capacity and wasn't letting anymore people in so they congregated outside. I saw kids running around and shouting.

"We had to lock our main door during service to stop them coming in trying to use the toilet and being disruptive.

"They try very hard to keep it in control and it is a massive improvement on the previous owners, but I think the bouncers were overwhelmed last night.”

A statement released by Loco Lounge said: "We can confirm we hired out the venue to a promotions company for an under 18 event. The number that turned up to the event was over the capacity of the venue.

"Due to health and safety, we had to restrict the numbers. Once we reached capacity around 8:45pm, we asked them to contact their parents and make their way home safely and quietly.

"We only allowed five people at a time onto the decking outside and at the end of the night; we made sure everyone got home safely."

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3:35pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Tiger feet2 says...

I seem to remember reading somewhere the licencee is the same person as FunkyMojoes in Woodford, sensing a pattern here . Redbridge had a lot of issues with them there, looks like they've just moved their problems to Waltham Forest
I seem to remember reading somewhere the licencee is the same person as FunkyMojoes in Woodford, sensing a pattern here . Redbridge had a lot of issues with them there, looks like they've just moved their problems to Waltham Forest Tiger feet2
  • Score: 20

5:25pm Wed 9 Apr 14

kerrie1 says...

My daughter and friends tryed to attend this event and could not get in, the last under 18 event held there also had to many kids turn up so surly they should have pre sold tickets and made it ticket entry only. That way avoiding young teenagers wandering the street. I'm not impressed and this is very badly organised. This would be a great event if Ticket only!
My daughter and friends tryed to attend this event and could not get in, the last under 18 event held there also had to many kids turn up so surly they should have pre sold tickets and made it ticket entry only. That way avoiding young teenagers wandering the street. I'm not impressed and this is very badly organised. This would be a great event if Ticket only! kerrie1
  • Score: 4

5:33pm Wed 9 Apr 14

ViewpointE4 says...

This Bar is a waste of space to the area.

Generally only opens on a Saturday afternoon to show football at 3 o'clock and even then only gets punters through the door with the promise of cheap drink promotions like pints of lager for £2.

I witnessed gangs of girls along Station Road, who looked no older than 13, drinking from vodka bottles. Gangs of boys also drinking and smoking (not the manufactured type) and older lads who seemed very unlikely to be under 18.

A statement from Loco Lounge read "We only allowed five people at a time onto the decking outside and at the end of the night; we made sure everyone got home safely."

How did they make sure everyone got home safely? Did the entry price include a free taxi ride home?

I dare say it will not be the last time this waste of a space bar/promotion company organises such an event. Next time I would suggest you make it a pre-sold 180 ticket event only.

Any parent who would let their children to an event like this should be ashamed of themselves.
This Bar is a waste of space to the area. Generally only opens on a Saturday afternoon to show football at 3 o'clock and even then only gets punters through the door with the promise of cheap drink promotions like pints of lager for £2. I witnessed gangs of girls along Station Road, who looked no older than 13, drinking from vodka bottles. Gangs of boys also drinking and smoking (not the manufactured type) and older lads who seemed very unlikely to be under 18. A statement from Loco Lounge read "We only allowed five people at a time onto the decking outside and at the end of the night; we made sure everyone got home safely." How did they make sure everyone got home safely? Did the entry price include a free taxi ride home? I dare say it will not be the last time this waste of a space bar/promotion company organises such an event. Next time I would suggest you make it a pre-sold 180 ticket event only. Any parent who would let their children to an event like this should be ashamed of themselves. ViewpointE4
  • Score: 8

5:37pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

More failed 'drinking can be fun' Labour Policies.
More failed 'drinking can be fun' Labour Policies. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

5:59pm Wed 9 Apr 14

kerrie1 says...

ViewpointE4
I agree with most of your comment apart from the rather harsh bit about the parents allowing their children to attend these events should be ashamed. Why? My daughter and her friends got ready at my house with no drinking of alcohol and were collected by another parent. It's an under 18 event so no alcohol is served and they get to see their friends instead of hanging around the street. I'd be more concerned about the kids not going and getting served in over 18 venues. The problem is the organising and that it was not a ticket only event.
ViewpointE4 I agree with most of your comment apart from the rather harsh bit about the parents allowing their children to attend these events should be ashamed. Why? My daughter and her friends got ready at my house with no drinking of alcohol and were collected by another parent. It's an under 18 event so no alcohol is served and they get to see their friends instead of hanging around the street. I'd be more concerned about the kids not going and getting served in over 18 venues. The problem is the organising and that it was not a ticket only event. kerrie1
  • Score: 6

10:27am Thu 10 Apr 14

sd1969 says...

My daughter also attended this event, she is 15, and had an "awesome" time. They got their early and, I believe, tickets were pre-sold so they were organised! If you get there "fashionably" late you won't gain entry. I drove past about 9.10 and was surprised at the long queue to gain entry. Well, a note to other venues - there is a requirement for a well-controlled Under 18 party/disco and money to be made as I believe the tickets for this were selling for £8 and £10 (booked/on the door respectively). They were charging £2 for a bottle of water and forget what my daughter said for a glass of coke. You cannot control if U18s obtain alcohol, and it's not the venues' fault if they do drink prior to attending. It's just up to the Bouncers to monitor and refuse entry to anybody they knowingly know or appear to be intoxicated. Hey, I was Under 18 once......
My daughter also attended this event, she is 15, and had an "awesome" time. They got their early and, I believe, tickets were pre-sold so they were organised! If you get there "fashionably" late you won't gain entry. I drove past about 9.10 and was surprised at the long queue to gain entry. Well, a note to other venues - there is a requirement for a well-controlled Under 18 party/disco and money to be made as I believe the tickets for this were selling for £8 and £10 (booked/on the door respectively). They were charging £2 for a bottle of water and forget what my daughter said for a glass of coke. You cannot control if U18s obtain alcohol, and it's not the venues' fault if they do drink prior to attending. It's just up to the Bouncers to monitor and refuse entry to anybody they knowingly know or appear to be intoxicated. Hey, I was Under 18 once...... sd1969
  • Score: -2

10:29am Thu 10 Apr 14

sd1969 says...

got *there* early! Sorry
got *there* early! Sorry sd1969
  • Score: 0

12:07pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

No surprise that this occurred - the manager of the Loco Lounge is the former licensee at Funky Mojoe.

Just like a travelling show, the circus has left town and found a new home. Feel sorry for the residents of Chingford and the busiensses nearby.

The Funky Mojoe lady seems to have the opposite of the Midas touch - more the Judas touch!
No surprise that this occurred - the manager of the Loco Lounge is the former licensee at Funky Mojoe. Just like a travelling show, the circus has left town and found a new home. Feel sorry for the residents of Chingford and the busiensses nearby. The Funky Mojoe lady seems to have the opposite of the Midas touch - more the Judas touch! Proud of Woodford Green
  • Score: 14

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