Kentish Town bar faces the music

LATE night booze, drugs and rock n roll has landed a Kentish Town bar in hot water with police. A police investigation into Cafe Red on Kentish Town Road claims the venue has been holding illegal parties until the early hours in its basement, known as

LATE night booze, drugs and rock 'n' roll has landed a Kentish Town bar in hot water with police.

A police investigation into Cafe Red on Kentish Town Road claims the venue has been holding illegal parties until the early hours in its basement, known as Deep Red, where cocaine traces were found.

Police have put the case to a Camden Council licensing committee due to meet on Monday to try to persuade councillors to force the owners of Cafe Red to close its basement bar permanently.

Cafe Red's licence is owned by Ahad Dasht, a popular figure in the community, but it is believed he sub-let the basement bar to people who have breached licensing laws, which state it should stop serving alcohol at midnight.


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In a police report Pc Samantha Sheppard said she went to the bar at 1.10am - 40 minutes after closing time and one hour 10 minutes after the bar should have shut. She said that no Temporary Event Notice was in force and there were about 60 people in the bar.

"Several were drunk and many still consuming alcoholic drinks," she said.

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After another visit just two weeks later she reported: "Drug wipes again indicated positive traces of cocaine in the male and female toilets, with very heavy traces being indicated on the circular table in the left hand alcove yet again."

Pc Gerry McGann said in his report: "The management structure at this venue have demonstrated a total disregard for the laws governing licensing legislation over a long period of time and seem to believe that they can continue to operate outside the law hoping the police will eventually give up and leave."

Mr Dasht must now appear before councillors on Monday.

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