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VIDEO: Illegal industrial estate raves shut down Thamesmead comedy night
A Thamesmead comedy night was no laughing matter for Greenwich police who intervened following a series of riotous raves at a nearby industrial estate.
Laugh It Out 4 God Sake - a nine-hour event promising "a unique evening of laughter with live comedy", a red carpet, African dancers and DJs - was due to be held at the Doric Centre in Kellner Road over the bank holiday weekend.
But having found a flyer for the night after raiding a nearby rave in Abbey Wood, Greenwich police objected to it, citing fears over public safety and disorder.
In a report to Greenwich Council, licensing officer PC Jason Coombes warned that police had recently been called to Abbey Wood's Lyndean Industrial Estate, following a series of illegal parties.
Along with a flyer for the Thamesmead comedy, crates of expensive booze like Hennessey whisky and champagne were seized by police from one party - run by old school club night organisers Nightshift London - which was being held without a licence in a warehouse.
PC Coombes wrote: "When police attended the last venue in Lyndean, the police were aware that there were drapes hung around the exterior walls of the venue.
"The drapes covered the rear single fire exit that had been bolted shut and was not considered suitable for a large number of persons use."
Police intervention means the Laugh It Out comedy night - charging people up to £50 per head to see acts including Jazzee Phizzle and Akpos the Comedian - will now not go ahead as planned.
PC Coombes said: "Although this is in a different location, the police would still draw comparisons as to the possible use and decoration of these venues. The public safety aspect alone is a major cause for concern."
He added: "The police have no knowledge of the venue or the applicant and they have not given any details or information of other events run or organised by them.
"This leads to the police having an overriding concern as to how the event will be run."
Organiser 'Dazzlin' Daizy Ajisefini told News Shopper: "It hasn't been cancelled. It's just moved to Gravesend."
The event is now due to be held at Elite Venue Centre on May 4.
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