Horsham late bar closes for fortnight after police raise concerns

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Following police concerns regarding a number of incidents at Chameleon Late Bar, at Horsham Leisure Complex, Sussex Police applied to Horsham District Council Licensing Authority for a review of the conditions on the premises licence.

Jean Irving, Force Licensing and Public Safety Manager, said: “Significant discussions have been held between police licensing and the premises management and as a result a number of measures were agreed, which have now been ratified by the licensing committee.”

The measures include the appointment of a new premises supervisor, a Challenge 25 policy and formalised training for staff.

The Chameleon bar will close for a fortnight at the end of September and when it re-opens, it will be the first in Horsham to have an identification/age verification scanning system for customers.

Horsham District Commander, Chief Inspector Sharon Parker said: “The implementation of the identification scanner and the other measures are a very positive step forward. We look forward to working with the new management to ensure Horsham continues to have a safe and enjoyable night time economy.”