A town centre nightclub has been allowed to partially reopen under restricted hours after one of its directors was arrested.
Vogue nightclub in High Street was temporarily shut down by police after an incident outside the Bedford drinking venue.
Rabinder Garcha was charged with affray and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place following his arrest outside the club in the early hours of Sunday, April 5.
Police went on to apply for a court closure order and on Friday at Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court it was agreed that the premises had been used for ‘activities relating to serious disorder and criminal and antisocial behaviour’.
The order lasting six weeks means that the club’s ground floor can only operate as a bar. The restricted opening hours are Sunday to Wednesday from 11am to 11pm and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 1am. The order allows for 30 minutes drinking up time after closing.
The second and third floor of the venue must remain closed for the full six weeks, starting from Friday, April 10.
Vogue’s general manager Dave Bergin said: “With floors two and three closed were are essentially a bar now so we have revered back to being free to get in. In excess of 30 staff, door supervisors and DJs have been laid off as a result of this action. A lot of the staff have been with us for a number of years. Really it is a case of the business taking a huge financial hit.”
Mr Bergin said he is working with the authorities and hopes to have the venue fully reopened in the near future and added that should this happen staff will be offered their jobs back.
He said: “We remain committed to providing a safe but enjoyable venue and look forward to the reopening of floors two and three.”