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Police drop opposition to Paparazzi nightclub licence switch
Police have dropped their objections to new management taking over the nightclub Paparazzi in Watford town centre.
Politicians at Watford Borough Council had been due to hold a hearing over plans to transfer the club’s licence to Neil Campbell today.
Hertfordshire Constabulary initially opposed the plan over fears it was a “ploy” to allow Paparazzi’s previous operator Frederick Williams, who goes by the stage name Ricky Valentine, to regain control.
The force cited the fact Mr Campbell and Mr Valentine had been business partners in the past as the basis for its concerns.
In their submission to the council’s licensing sub committee, police said Mr Campbell had invested around £100,000 in the club while its licence was held by Mr Valentine's company, Komplete Hospitality Ltd.
Officers listed a catalogue of serious problems they had experienced with the club in recent years.
However the force confirmed this morning it had withdrawn its objections after agreeing an amendment to the club’s licence that stated Mr Valentine would not be involved in the new operation.
A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesman said: “The Constabulary have agreed with Mr Neil Campbell a minor variation to go on the licence that states that the previous licence holder will not be having any involvement with the premises; any business connected with the venue and will not be allowed to promote any event at the venue.
“In the circumstances, there is now no need to have a hearing as the previous licensing issues have been resolved. Mr Campbell is now working with us and we hope to forge a working relationship going forward.”
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