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Controversial nightclub loses landmark appeal
A controversial nightclub has lost its landmark appeal against a decision to cut its opening hours.
Funky Mojoe, in High Road, South Woodford, called for a judicial review against a decision to limit its license to normal pub hours due to a history of anti-social behaviour associated with the venue.
However today the High Court ruled that the venue will have to abide by the decision, as well as pay costs to the council of around £130,000.
The owners will not be allowed to appeal the decision.
Today's decision acts as a precedent as it is the first time a nightclub licensing issue has been taken to the High Court for review.
The decision has been delayed by over two weeks.
Opening hours were reduced earlier this year after evidence that the venue had become “a magnet” for serious trouble.
The club will now have to close its doors at 11.30pm at weekends, and 11pm during the week.
The venue used to remain open until 2.30am at weekends and 12.30am during the week.
During the initial hearing in April, Redbridge Council’s licensing panel watched CCTV footage of a series of violent incidents outside the club.
People living close to the club have long complained about noise, crime and anti-social behaviour associated with the venue.