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Edgware Road shisha café loses licence over ‘head-butt’

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 January 2012

The shisha cafe had a history of problems

The shisha cafe had a history of problems

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An Edgware Road shisha café has had its alcohol licence revoked after a member of staff allegedly head-butted a customer.

The incident at Room One café on December 3 left a man with a serious head injury and cuts above his eye which required several stitches.

Police say evidence shows a member of staff head-butted the victim when he attempted to leave the premises to smoke a cigarette.

It is alleged four other members of staff then further assaulted the victim.

Police say the man was invited to leave by the rear exit where a taxi was waiting.

But officers say the victim was then locked out of the premises and left to make his own way to hospital, where police were called.

A Westminster Council licensing committee initially suspended the licence before fully revoking it last Friday.

A report to the committee stated the café had a history of violence, disorder and non-compliance at the premises.

In May 2010 customers also suffered carbon monoxide poisoning and were taken to hospital after smoking shishas inside the premises.

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