Mile End club license suspended after murder

Kelvin Easton - Photo: Met Police

Police have requested a review into the running of the club where a man was stabbed to death in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Kelvin Easton, 23, from Tottenham, North London, was attacked with a champagne bottle at Boheme nightclub. Paramedics arrived at around 4.30am, but Easton was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the police report which requests the suspension of Boheme’s licence, the CCTV hard drive was stolen from the club at the time of the assault, after a member of staff let an unknown male into the room where the hard drive was kept. The unidentified man also gained access to the manager’s office.

The report lists the club’s lack of security as one of the reasons for suspending the licence. Although the managers of Boheme have supplied police with other images from the night, the vital CCTV evidence is still missing.

The club has also previously received complaints from Mile End residents about noise, parking problems and fights outside the premises.

Only a week before the stabbing it was fined £6,000 for covering Tower Hamlets in illegal posters.
Reports have said that Easton collapsed at the bottom of the stairs in front of partygoers. Witnesses have described the aftermath as “pandemonium.”

A post-mortem examination carried out on Monday revealed the cause of death to be a stab wound to the heart.

Easton, also known as ‘Smegz’ was an aspiring rap artist. Friends have left tributes on his youtube page saying: “RIP to this lost soldier” and “RIP Smegz, rest with the angels sweet x”.

Detective Chief Inspector Charles King from the Metropolitan Police Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: “We would urge anyone with any information about the murder of Kelvin Easton, or any witnesses to the incident in the Boheme nightclub, to come forward.”

Boheme’s owners have released a statement saying: “We will be working alongside the police using our in house ID scan to ensure that the person responsible is caught.”

Four men aged between 17-27 have been arrested in connection with the incident. All have been bailed until May 17 pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information can call the incident room on 020 8345 4142 or, if they want to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Boheme will remain closed for 28 days while the review into the running of the club is carried out.

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