Police target hip-hop nightclubs

Hip-hop clubs have come under police scrutiny after a rethink of a strategy to prevent violence at music events.

There had been strong objections to the Metropolitan Police’s use of Form 696, used to gather details of promoters and performers. It has now been changed so as not to be “primarily” aimed at live music. It will in future focus on “large promoted events between 10pm and 4am which feature MCs and DJs performing to recorded backing tracks”. Around 270 venues in London give the Metropolitan Police details of their events by filling out the risk assessment form.

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