Nightclubs lose liquor licences
By BRENDAN DELFINO
TWO nightclubs with a history of criminal activity and civil disturbances had their applications for liquor licence renewal rejected by the Urban Council yesterday.
The Liquor Licensing Board turned down applications from the Copenhagen Hotel, Mongkok, and the Mermaid Club, Yau Ma Tei.
The board said police records over two years showed crime committed at the Copenhagen Hotel in Portland Street included theft, criminal damage, burglary, forced imprisonment, blackmail, robbery and rape.
The Mermaid Club in Nathan Road had its application rejected due to objections by building residents.
A survey carried out by the district board showed 53 per cent of the 73 households in the building were against licence renewal for the club as their only access was shared with the bar.