A notorious nightclub has been shut down by police for advertising a "bring a bottle" event days after losing its licence to serve alcohol.
Nu Bar, in Loughton, encouraged clubbers to bring their own booze to the venue tonight (Friday, February 17) after its licence was suspended on Tuesday.
However, Essex Police has swiftly put an end to the plan, issuing a closure notice to shut the High Road bar down over fears the event could boil over into disorder.
A closure notice can be placed on a premises if police have reasonable ground to believe use of the building will result in nuisance to the public or spark anti-social behaviour.
We've served a closure notice on Nu Bar in #Loughton, effective immediately, after officer concerns over ASB at an advertised event tonight.— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) February 17, 2017
District Commander for Epping Forest, Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, said: "We have issued this closure notice because of the concerns around anti-social behaviour the advertised bring a bottle event may cause.
"The bar has already had its licence suspended pending a full hearing following a suspected breach of the licence earlier this month.
"People in Loughton need to be able to enjoy an evening out free from the threat of violence and disorder.
"The vast majority of our pubs and clubs work very closely with us to keep their customers safe but we will take robust steps to enforce the law where we think that safety is at risk.”
Nu Bar saw its licence temporarily suspended earlier this week by Epping Forest council after police were called to the business in the early hours of Sunday, February 5.
It is alleged an incident took place alongside a breach of the bar’s licence conditions. Its fate will now be decided at a meeting of the council’s Licensing Sub-Committee on March 7.
Police have yet to confirm any other details about what took place at the venue that evening.
Nu Bar has experienced a chequered past and saw its license conditions restricted in May last year following a string of violent incidents.
In April 2016, a man in his 20s was seriously injured after his neck was slashed in a “disturbance” involving around 40 people at the nightspot.
Paul Saunders, 30, of Chadwell St Mary, was eventually jailed for eight years for carrying out the attack, believed to be connected to a feud between traveller families.
In June 2015, an 18-year-old man was hospitalised following a brawl at the bar, with three men later being arrested in connection with the incident.