Cops call for review of hotel's licence after alleged rape and near-miss at airport

Cops call for review of hotel's licence after alleged rape and near-miss at airport

Skylark Hotel – plagued by allegations of mismanagement

Owner - Mr Stavrinides

First published in South Essex news by

A HOTEL could lose its alcohol and entertainment licence after a string of serious incidents, including an alleged rape.

Police have called for a licence review of the Skylark Hotel. in Aviation Way, Southend, after a woman was allegedly raped at a Siesta event on July 12.

It has also emerged, at the same event, a reveller was able to get airside at Southend Airport, forcing the runway to close after going through the hotel’s fencing.

The hotel has faced a string of recent controversies and was due to face a licence review in December 2013 sfter safety concerns about an event that November, but the review was dropped.

StevenGreener, licensing officer for Essex Police, said: “If it had not been for the quick response from the airport staff, the male could have accidentally accessed the runway and put him and any flight planning on landing in danger.

“It appears that hotel owner Andreas Stavrinides has little regard to the advice given to him by the licensing committee.

“Essex Police feel the venue is unable to safely run under-18 events or any outdoor events.”

The police also pointed to the arrests of young people at an event at the hotel in February , in which people were taken to hospital.

Mr Greener added: “This event was not managed correctly and failed to safeguard children under their custody and control.”

Police have submitted their case for a licence review to Rochford District Council, which will hold a hearing on the matter on Friday, September 5.

The council’s licensing subcommittee, chaired by councillor Dave Sperring, will then have five days to reach a conclusion, including the possibility of Mr Stavrinides having his license revoked, or suspended.

Mr Greener added: “We wish the committee to consider removing Mr Stavrinides from being the designated premises supervisor, remove outdoor events from the licence and restrict the use of the venue to over-18’s only.”

WHAT’S BEEN REPORTED

Airport Tower complain about lights impacting on planes

Breach of airport perimeter fence

Male arrested for drugs (cocaine)

Alleged rape

Theft of four mobile phones

Underage consumption of alcohol

Accessing alcohol by climbing over un-manned bar and passing bottles to friends

A number of arrests and people taken to hospital under supervision

Owner accuses police of harassment

THE Skylark’s owner, Andreas Stavrinedes, has accused the police of harassment and will fight the review.

He pointed to the fact the police had tried to review the licence before and questioned their motives.

He said: “We are going to defend ourselves, we are not just going to take this harassment by the police.

“They could not find just reasons to do it, and it is not clear whether they have justifiable reason now.

“They decided for whatever reason, whether it is funding or pressure on work, they do not like the licence we have.

“I have top solicitors and barristers on this, so I will not let them walk all over me.”

Mr Stavrinedes claims the police have not asked for his cooperation in any of the matters.

He added: “They have used all their power over the last 18 months to gather evidence.

“There are a number of incidents, but they never had the decency to say ‘what is your story’ on a particular issue.

“When I asked them questions, they refused to answer.”

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9:06am Thu 28 Aug 14

rayleigh123 says...

With a great junk of licensed premise being owned by the council - it seems strange that they are also the people doing license reviews.

THe original system which was via the magistrates was a much better idea.

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With a great junk of licensed premise being owned by the council - it seems strange that they are also the people doing license reviews. THe original system which was via the magistrates was a much better idea. . . rayleigh123
  • Score: 1

9:09am Thu 28 Aug 14

thecoat says...

No doubt a brown envelope full of cash will change hands at a council meeting and it will be business as usual.
No doubt a brown envelope full of cash will change hands at a council meeting and it will be business as usual. thecoat
  • Score: 0

9:32am Thu 28 Aug 14

Alfiee says...

thecoat wrote:
No doubt a brown envelope full of cash will change hands at a council meeting and it will be business as usual.
Sound like the Airport want the land all a bit fishy.
[quote][p][bold]thecoat[/bold] wrote: No doubt a brown envelope full of cash will change hands at a council meeting and it will be business as usual.[/p][/quote]Sound like the Airport want the land all a bit fishy. Alfiee
  • Score: 22

10:13am Thu 28 Aug 14

n-unknown says...

"a reveller was able to get airside at Southend Airport, forcing the runway to close after going through the hotel’s fencing."

Southend Airport should be in charge of their own security measures, i.e. fences around the airport parameter, and not Skylark hotel.
"a reveller was able to get airside at Southend Airport, forcing the runway to close after going through the hotel’s fencing." Southend Airport should be in charge of their own security measures, i.e. fences around the airport parameter, and not Skylark hotel. n-unknown
  • Score: -4

11:03am Thu 28 Aug 14

MilesBond says...

Rape, Cocaine, trespass, Underage drinking......... what a classy hotel Barclays have invested in!
Rape, Cocaine, trespass, Underage drinking......... what a classy hotel Barclays have invested in! MilesBond
  • Score: -6

1:20pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Greeves Griffon says...

Sounds like things you expect in a third world country?? What ever is happening to GB??
Sounds like things you expect in a third world country?? What ever is happening to GB?? Greeves Griffon
  • Score: 0

5:12pm Thu 28 Aug 14

cropped hero says...

Echo - the word is not cops but police.

We are not yet a state of the USA.
Echo - the word is not cops but police. We are not yet a state of the USA. cropped hero
  • Score: 0

5:49pm Thu 28 Aug 14

maxell says...

what a suprise just when the inspector is about to announce a desicion on footpath 36 rubbish like this is spouted to put a taint on the very area of the footpath . Airport use the correct act to deal with aviation security and not sum half cocked traffic ACT. On account on stuff, I have read ministers have warned the airport not to use the 1982 ACT as the airport would fail the paliament proccess. By circumnavigateing arround the correct proscess lives are being put at risk, all for a private company. dispicable!!!! my opinion as always
what a suprise just when the inspector is about to announce a desicion on footpath 36 rubbish like this is spouted to put a taint on the very area of the footpath . Airport use the correct act to deal with aviation security and not sum half cocked traffic ACT. On account on stuff, I have read ministers have warned the airport not to use the 1982 ACT as the airport would fail the paliament proccess. By circumnavigateing arround the correct proscess lives are being put at risk, all for a private company. dispicable!!!! my opinion as always maxell
  • Score: 8

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