Rhino, a nightclub in Southampton on Waterloo Terrace (near Bedford Place) has been shut down after police applied to have its premises licence withdrawn as a result of launching an investigation into criminal activity centred at the venue.
The nightlcub ceased trading in March 2014 after a Notice Of Review Of Premises Licence was submitted to Southampton City Council on the 4th March 2014:
Southampton City Council, as licensing authority, hereby gives notice that Hampshire Constabulary has applied for the summary review of the Premises Licence for the above premises under the Licensing Act 2003, on the following grounds: In the opinion of a senior police officer the premises are associated with serious crime and serious disorder by reason of alleged serious criminal offences committed at the premises involving the management of the business conducted there. Source: 2014/00885/01SSRP.
The closure of the nightclub was brought to public attention this morning (16th May 2014) through an investigation published on The Daily Echo.
The Rhino Club has been shut down after police applied to have its licence withdrawn as a result of launching an investigation into alleged blackmail and false imprisonment centred on the venue. It has emerged that officers made the application following an incident that happened at the Waterloo Terrace club which led to the arrests of three people connected with the nightspot. The investigation relates to an incident at the club which is believed to have taken place when the club wasn’t open to the public. — The Daily Echo
Documents on the Southampton and Eastleigh Licensing Partnership website show that after the premises license was withdrawn the owner(s) of the nightclub submitted an application for the variation of DPS (Designated Premises Supervisor) and an application to change the license holder. A report to the city council’s licensing sub-committee describes the applications as an attempt to “circumvent the decision to revoke the licence” (via The Daily Echo).
In recent months Rhino played host to Sound System, a popular brand that ran clubnights featuring headline acts ranging from Hannah Wants and Roska to Damon C Scott of Storm Queen fame. The Sound System team are now based at Unit. Rhino also put on popular urban-themed clubnights hosted by R.U.M/WHPH (Real Urban Music / Work Hard Play Hard) and other clubnights marketed at students. R.U.M are now running their #CLIQUE brand at TRiPP on Fridays.