‘Shameful’ club fined £10k for Covid-19 breach just days after police and council shut it down

The owner of a venue fined and told to shut down for breaching Covid-19 regulations has been fined £10,000 for staging another party just days later.

When officers went round to the Jack of Diamonds club in Bristol to issue the fine the morning after another party last week, they found staff setting up for a Halloween party.

Astonished police chiefs said it was “truly shameful”.

Back in mid-October, after the Government brought in a 10pm curfew, police and council officials found the Jack of Diamonds still open, serving alcohol and failing to enforce distancing regulations after 10pm reports Bristol Live.

The venue’s owner was fined £1,000 and issued with a prohibition notice banning them from staging any ‘club night’ like events. But police went back on Thursday (October 29) only to find another big party going on.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police said: “Officers found dozens of people inside the Jack of Diamonds on West Street on Thursday, less than a week after issuing the owner with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice for operating past the 10pm curfew – a breach which also prompted the council to issue the venue with a direction to cease services.”

Police chiefs said that even then, after police found the party still going on late into Thursday night, when they went back on Friday, there were preparations underway for another event that night too.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cullen said: “It’s truly shameful the level of disregard some people continue to show not just for themselves or the law but for other members of society.

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“Officers gave multiple warnings to the Jack of Diamonds and issued the owner with a £1,000 fine which is certainly not an insignificant amount of money, yet this clearly had no impact whatsoever.

“The owner continued to run his establishment as nightclub, providing alcohol to large crowds of people until the early hours of the morning in the most blatant show of contempt for the public health crisis and the health of his community that we have seen.

“Not only was he hosting an event on Thursday, when officers went to hand him his fixed penalty notice on Friday they found him setting up for a Halloween party.”

He also said that when police turned up to break up the party, efforts were made to obstruct the police from getting in.

ACC Cullen added: “What is horrifying about these cases was the attitude shown towards officers who are just doing their job.”