A nightclub has had its licence revoked after several violent incidents.

Club 195, in Cottis Lane, Epping, has remained closed since the beginning of the year after a teenager was stabbed on New Year’s Eve.

As well as the stabbing in December, two fights were also reported inside Club 195, in one of which one man lost sight in his eye after being struck with a belt.

Epping Forest District Council's licensing sub-committee today decided to revoke the nightclub's licence due to lack of management control and repeats of serious crimes and disorders on the premises.

The club has 21 days to appeal the decision.

Cllr Paul Keska, chairman of the licensing committee, said: “Seeing so many serious incidents where people have been badly hurt in such a short period of time cannot be tolerated.

“Ensuring people’s safety is a top priority. Local residents should not be subjected to so much crime and disorder on the streets of Epping.

“From all the evidence shown to us we unfortunately have very little faith now that the licence holders of 195 are able to prevent such incidents being associated with their premises.”

Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, district commander for Epping Forest and Brentwood, said: “Club 195 has been at the centre of several really serious incidents in recent months, some of which have led to people suffering life-changing injuries.

“Licence holders have a responsibility to ensure anyone who drinks and spends time in their bar, club or pub behaves and their clientele do not put the safety of others at risk.”

Chief Insp Basford added: “Essex Police, and our partners, will not tolerate violent crime and this decision shows we’ll take against those who aren’t taking the appropriate steps to keep people safe.

“I want to thank Epping Forest District Council for their support in this matter.”