Met Police officers have called for a shisha lounge in Ilford, east London, to have its licence revoked after a group of around 100 people were allegedly caught “celebrating the death” of PS Matt Ratana, as reported my MyLondon.
PS Ratana was shot and killed in Sept at the Croydon Custody Suite as he checked on the welfare of a prisoner.
The hugely respected and well-liked rugby coach was only weeks away from retiring having served his community for almost 30 years.
The revellers were caught attending an event at The Basement Lounge, in Goodmayes Road, Ilford on September 26.
It has been reported that the crowd became “hostile” to officers when they tried to shut it down.
A number of the crowd allegedly told officers that they were “celebrating the murder of Matt Ratana”.
The Metropolitan Police have now called on Redbridge Council to launch a licensing review of the venue.
In a document seen by MyLondon and published on the Redbridge Council website, PC Matt Brown said police were tipped off that a private party had overrun past the 10 pm curfew on September 26.
Officers were sent to the scene but were “blocked on the stairwell by a number of large males who refused to let them inside the venue”.
The officers were “forced out the door onto the street” by guests and decided to call for backup.
PC Brown added: “The door was slammed shut and the males barricaded themselves inside the venue.
“Police attempted to regain entry but were sprayed with fire extinguishers.”
As additional units arrived on the scene, officers decided to “tactically withdraw” to allow several females to leave the party.
“Up to 100 patrons came out of this small venue and a significant number were hostile to police,” PC Brown added.
“Some of these patrons said they were celebrating the murder of Matt Ratanta, the police custody sergeant who was shot dead in Croydon.
“One male was arrested for assault on police.”
Redbridge Council are due to review the license of The Basement Lounge on Wednesday, December 16.
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