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UK – Corinthian keeps licence but must impose seven new conditions

By - 26 June 2014

The Corinthian Casino in Glasgow has had strict operating conditions placed on its licence including training for staff, CCTV and bouncers, following a spate of alcohol-related violence and disorder.

The licensing board has ruled that the venue can stay open as long as it adheres to seven new conditions including alcohol awareness training for staff; security at the entrances to gaming areas; an alcohol policy to be developed for gaming areas and the installation of CCTV in gaming areas.
The venue will also have to keep an incident and exclusion log for the gaming areas; provide information on the management hierarchy and oversee a sharing of information between the casino and rest of venue.

Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House had called for a review of the licence in April this year at Glasgow City Council’s licensing board, which highlighted 222 calls to the property in the past year with complaints including claims of sexual assault and staff being threatened.

A total of 29 people were arrested at The Corinthian during that time. Almost half of the incidents occurred within the Corinthian’s later opening hours, when the venue operates as a casino.

A Police Scotland document detailed: “There has been a persistent problem with disorder and criminality associated with this casino. The Chief Constable is concerned that this casino has problems caused by significant levels of intoxication. With reference to the guidelines for licensing authorities, there is concern that patrons might be unable to make an informed or balanced decision about gambling due to substance misuse relating to alcohol or drugs. It is clear that there is a conflict between the nature of these premises operating for an extended period (11pm to 6am daily except Sunday) for the sale and supply of alcohol, coupled with the numbers of intoxicated individuals coming to the police attention, and the operation of the venue where the principal description of the premises is that of a ‘casino’ premises.”

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