Stratford’s Aspers Casino vows to run smoothly

Aspers Casino has said it has overhauled the way it runs its business

Aspers Casino has said it has overhauled the way it runs its business - Credit: Archant

An alcohol ban at Aspers Casino has been permanently lifted after bosses convinced a licensing committee that it has overhauled the way it does business.

Nine members of staff thought to have been involved in an incident in which a punter was allegedly “beaten up” have been sacked from the supercasino in Westfield Stratford City.

It has also trained some 80 members of its staff in conflict management.

Newham Council revoked Aspers’ licence to serve alcohol during an emergency licensing hearing held just days after the serious incident on the night of September 20.

It then temporarily lifted the ban following the imposition of a series of conditions.

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Speaking at the full review on Monday, Philip Kolvin QC, for Aspers, said: “Aspers has been very frank that what happened on that occasion was unacceptable.

He said the casino took the view that such a thing could not happen again. It has also appointed a welfare officer whose job will be to check on customers.

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Mr Kolvin said: “I think all parties realise that Aspers has really pulled out all the stops to make sure their operation complied with the conditions and satisfied the authorities and the police. “We hope they are assured that Aspers is going to be run in as good a way as any night venue.”

The casino has a new head of security, management structure and system of regular monthly meetings with the police.

Cllr Ian Corbett, chair of the committee said it was “satisfied that the additional conditions [...] are adequate to make the committee’s concerns to uphold the licensing objective”.

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