Wimbledon nightspot fined

A Wimbledon bar owner and his manager were found guilty last week of breaching the terms of their public entertainment licence and fined in excess of £2000 at Wimbledon Magistrates Court.

Mr Sotiriou, the licence holder at Bar Sia, on The Broadway Wimbledon, was fined £2000 and Mr Lincoln, the acting Duty Manager, who was working on July 14 last year when the three offences were committed, was fined £150.

The charges arose when council enforcement officers visited the nightclub at 11.35pm and noted that a door of a double set of doors was locked – therefore reducing the width of the exit by half. It also emerged that Mr Sotiriou had not provided written authority for Mr Lincoln to act as the Duty Manager and the ‘incident book’ intended to be maintained by the club to record incidents of public disorder was not available for inspection.

In addition to the fines, each defendant was ordered to pay half the council’s legal and investigation costs of almost £500. When passing sentence the Magistrates made the point that as holders of a responsible job, the importance of public safety could not be under estimated.