The nightclub’s licence had been changed to force it to close at midnight rather than 2.30am, after complaints from neighbours about unacceptable behaviour of patrons. This allegedly included fighting, urinating and swearing in the street outside the estalblishment that local police labeled “the number one crime generator“.
But owner Howard Spooner had a different idea of the reasoning, saying:
“If someone with a disability complains, it has ten times the weight of an able-bodied person’s complaint.”
He went on to say that the complaints were simply from people who were anti-toff, and add:
“I was labelled non-PC because it was said my customers did not move out of the way for someone in a wheelchair. If a dwarf says he can’t live opposite a nightclub, then it is impossible to have a nightclub there because able-bodied people are having fun.”
It couldn’t have happened to a nicer man.