Riot gear worn to tackle club fracas

This Is Wiltshire: Brunel rooms former directors Jason Ranford, Paula Harris, centre and Helene Simpkins have surrendered their licence Brunel rooms former directors Jason Ranford, Paula Harris, centre and Helene Simpkins have surrendered their licence

POLICE were assaulted and had to use riot gear for the first time in their careers as a result of disorder outside the Brunel Rooms.

Incident logs and evidence released in advance of a Swindon Council licensing review for the club, which has now closed, shows the force are owed almost £3,000 in security costs for two all-night events at the club last year, and detail a long list of incidents of violence and breaches of the licence conditions.

The former directors have said the terms imposed on them by police had forced them to leave the club.

Jason Ranford, 27, said: “We want to draw a line under the whole issue, and will not make any further comments about the Brunel Rooms. We will not be going to the licensing review as we are giving up the licence.”

The most serious incident logged occurred after rapper Wiley failed to show up for a gig on November 3.

“Officers attended the premises at 3.03am to find a male had been bottled in the VIP area causing injury and the atmosphere was heated and hostile,” said PC Sian Kalynka, licensing officer for Swindon, in a report for the licensing committee.

“All available officers within Swindon at that time were sent to this area in order to deal with the situation at this one licensed premises.”

Two officers were dragged yards along the road in an attempt to pacify a large man, and left in a vulnerable position as they were surrounded by a group of his friends.

PC Winter was left with a broken hand after another man resisted arrest, and PS Spargo and Insp Longdon were forced to use batons and incapacitant spray to control the situation.

In the report, Insp Longdon said: “Such was the force and fury of his blind aggression I believed that if he broke free he was capable of killing another person. I sensed we were about to be overwhelmed and he would use his size and power to inflict a very serious, potentially fatal, attack.”

Further incidents included one of racial abuse on September 8, where two men exited the Brunel Rooms, one of whom dropped a knife while giving chase.

Over the course of the opening weekend, a man was arrested for three separate assaults, and on the opening night at around 2.30am disorder erupted between clubbers and security staff.

A number of incidents linked to the venue have Jason Ranford named as a suspect, including an assault for which he served a four week prison term, but most were not pursued after the victims refused to make official complaints.

Ranford strongly disputes the allegations. “No prosecutions were made against me, because there was no evidence of the incidents taking place,” he said.

Licence breaches were found to have occurred regularly by Ranford, who police claimed would insist the DJ played past opening hours to allow groups of his friends into the club who were on Pubwatch’s banned list.

The licensing panel scheduled for February 19 will no longer go ahead.

A spokesman for Swindon Council said: “The licence review has now been cancelled as the holders have surrendered their licence.”

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2:11pm Thu 13 Feb 14

benzss says...

Sounds legit.
Sounds legit. benzss
  • Score: -4

2:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

gilly25 says...

benzss wrote:
Sounds legit.
legit? Look at the smug grin on these peoples faces! They are crooks and I feel sorry for everyone who dealt with them who got ripped off!!
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: Sounds legit.[/p][/quote]legit? Look at the smug grin on these peoples faces! They are crooks and I feel sorry for everyone who dealt with them who got ripped off!! gilly25
  • Score: 13

2:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

swindon281 says...

A convicted criminal and his crook'ed accomplices pouring their heart out...my heart bleeds, it really does.....I agree with what they say. it was allllllll the Polices' fault....its as straight as that clock behind them...;-)
A convicted criminal and his crook'ed accomplices pouring their heart out...my heart bleeds, it really does.....I agree with what they say. it was allllllll the Polices' fault....its as straight as that clock behind them...;-) swindon281
  • Score: 14

3:45pm Thu 13 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

If you believe that you can knit fog! The nerve of some people to knowingly rip everyone off and then try to blame someone else. At least have the decency to grow a pair and own up to your mistakes you miserable bunch!
If you believe that you can knit fog! The nerve of some people to knowingly rip everyone off and then try to blame someone else. At least have the decency to grow a pair and own up to your mistakes you miserable bunch! house on the hill
  • Score: 6

3:53pm Thu 13 Feb 14

swindon281 says...

house on the hill wrote:
If you believe that you can knit fog! The nerve of some people to knowingly rip everyone off and then try to blame someone else. At least have the decency to grow a pair and own up to your mistakes you miserable bunch!
lol 'house on the hill' Dishonest in their personal lives and also their private lives....no morals these people.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: If you believe that you can knit fog! The nerve of some people to knowingly rip everyone off and then try to blame someone else. At least have the decency to grow a pair and own up to your mistakes you miserable bunch![/p][/quote]lol 'house on the hill' Dishonest in their personal lives and also their private lives....no morals these people. swindon281
  • Score: 4

4:21pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Morgan1990 says...

Everyone keeps putting the blame solely on the management team, actually they decided to open the club after everyone made it clear that they wanted this. Since day one people have had nothing better to do then put the club and owners down! Every time I went to the club I enjoyed myself and thought everything was ran well. The only real people to blame are the cruel and bitter and jealous people who had nothing else better do with there time.
The clubs now closed and the licence has been withdrawn, leave them alone and stop with this blatant bullying
Everyone keeps putting the blame solely on the management team, actually they decided to open the club after everyone made it clear that they wanted this. Since day one people have had nothing better to do then put the club and owners down! Every time I went to the club I enjoyed myself and thought everything was ran well. The only real people to blame are the cruel and bitter and jealous people who had nothing else better do with there time. The clubs now closed and the licence has been withdrawn, leave them alone and stop with this blatant bullying Morgan1990
  • Score: -21

4:34pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Ilikeclocks says...

I like the lovely clock
I like the lovely clock Ilikeclocks
  • Score: 3

4:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

BrunelTechie says...

The Brunel Rooms this and That - Swindon adver you seriously are starting to get boring now... This place was like a home to me and to be honest i loved every moment of the club being open and i love all the Directors to pieces - Anyway enjoy slagging people off. That is all
The Brunel Rooms this and That - Swindon adver you seriously are starting to get boring now... This place was like a home to me and to be honest i loved every moment of the club being open and i love all the Directors to pieces - Anyway enjoy slagging people off. That is all BrunelTechie
  • Score: -20

4:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

benzss says...

gilly25 wrote:
benzss wrote:
Sounds legit.
legit? Look at the smug grin on these peoples faces! They are crooks and I feel sorry for everyone who dealt with them who got ripped off!!
Sarcasm, calm down.
[quote][p][bold]gilly25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: Sounds legit.[/p][/quote]legit? Look at the smug grin on these peoples faces! They are crooks and I feel sorry for everyone who dealt with them who got ripped off!![/p][/quote]Sarcasm, calm down. benzss
  • Score: 5

4:48pm Thu 13 Feb 14

BrunelTechie says...

benzss wrote:
gilly25 wrote:
benzss wrote:
Sounds legit.
legit? Look at the smug grin on these peoples faces! They are crooks and I feel sorry for everyone who dealt with them who got ripped off!!
Sarcasm, calm down.
Gilly25 your so cool everyone envys you. haha what a knob
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilly25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: Sounds legit.[/p][/quote]legit? Look at the smug grin on these peoples faces! They are crooks and I feel sorry for everyone who dealt with them who got ripped off!![/p][/quote]Sarcasm, calm down.[/p][/quote]Gilly25 your so cool everyone envys you. haha what a knob BrunelTechie
  • Score: -11

4:51pm Thu 13 Feb 14

swindon281 says...

BrunelTechie wrote:
benzss wrote:
gilly25 wrote:
benzss wrote:
Sounds legit.
legit? Look at the smug grin on these peoples faces! They are crooks and I feel sorry for everyone who dealt with them who got ripped off!!
Sarcasm, calm down.
Gilly25 your so cool everyone envys you. haha what a knob
no, the people above are knobs....for ripping all the local people off....
[quote][p][bold]BrunelTechie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilly25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: Sounds legit.[/p][/quote]legit? Look at the smug grin on these peoples faces! They are crooks and I feel sorry for everyone who dealt with them who got ripped off!![/p][/quote]Sarcasm, calm down.[/p][/quote]Gilly25 your so cool everyone envys you. haha what a knob[/p][/quote]no, the people above are knobs....for ripping all the local people off.... swindon281
  • Score: 15

4:54pm Thu 13 Feb 14

swindon281 says...

BrunelTechie wrote:
The Brunel Rooms this and That - Swindon adver you seriously are starting to get boring now... This place was like a home to me and to be honest i loved every moment of the club being open and i love all the Directors to pieces - Anyway enjoy slagging people off. That is all
what about the people they ripped off, do you think they love them? who is standing up for us?
[quote][p][bold]BrunelTechie[/bold] wrote: The Brunel Rooms this and That - Swindon adver you seriously are starting to get boring now... This place was like a home to me and to be honest i loved every moment of the club being open and i love all the Directors to pieces - Anyway enjoy slagging people off. That is all[/p][/quote]what about the people they ripped off, do you think they love them? who is standing up for us? swindon281
  • Score: 13

5:32pm Thu 13 Feb 14

swindon281 says...

Morgan1990 wrote:
Everyone keeps putting the blame solely on the management team, actually they decided to open the club after everyone made it clear that they wanted this. Since day one people have had nothing better to do then put the club and owners down! Every time I went to the club I enjoyed myself and thought everything was ran well. The only real people to blame are the cruel and bitter and jealous people who had nothing else better do with there time.
The clubs now closed and the licence has been withdrawn, leave them alone and stop with this blatant bullying
Hold on, the fact is, yeah!, everyone did want it and they helped, but they also wanted to be PAID for it. They have smacked everyone in the face and then tried to blame the police or whoever else they can. Yes its all our fault, of course it is. They should pay up!!

if these people were to PAY people they owe and stop shouting about their trust fund then they may be have been given a break.. The fact is these people ran a business with a convicted violent criminal and are now tarnished wit the same brush. their mum called the people of Swindon 'POOR' on Facebook too. that helps their cause, doesn't it??
[quote][p][bold]Morgan1990[/bold] wrote: Everyone keeps putting the blame solely on the management team, actually they decided to open the club after everyone made it clear that they wanted this. Since day one people have had nothing better to do then put the club and owners down! Every time I went to the club I enjoyed myself and thought everything was ran well. The only real people to blame are the cruel and bitter and jealous people who had nothing else better do with there time. The clubs now closed and the licence has been withdrawn, leave them alone and stop with this blatant bullying[/p][/quote]Hold on, the fact is, yeah!, everyone did want it and they helped, but they also wanted to be PAID for it. They have smacked everyone in the face and then tried to blame the police or whoever else they can. Yes its all our fault, of course it is. They should pay up!! if these people were to PAY people they owe and stop shouting about their trust fund then they may be have been given a break.. The fact is these people ran a business with a convicted violent criminal and are now tarnished wit the same brush. their mum called the people of Swindon 'POOR' on Facebook too. that helps their cause, doesn't it?? swindon281
  • Score: 15

7:39pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Swindonj says...

This I exactly why when someone knocked on my door and asked if I'd be interested in buying the adver I said no it's a load of old rubbish that you try to continue a story about when there is nothing even interesting! And you find it all out on social media first anyway the Directors have said it's closed and that's that surely there is nothing more to say? Would of thought everyone would want to get on with there lives including employees!
This I exactly why when someone knocked on my door and asked if I'd be interested in buying the adver I said no it's a load of old rubbish that you try to continue a story about when there is nothing even interesting! And you find it all out on social media first anyway the Directors have said it's closed and that's that surely there is nothing more to say? Would of thought everyone would want to get on with there lives including employees! Swindonj
  • Score: -4

7:45pm Thu 13 Feb 14

slightlyanonymousmatt says...

If you believe anything in the papers then you will go through life knowing nothing. Either do the research yourself behind what really happened or stop yapping away like a Jack russell. This is why I'm leaving Swindon as people believe anything and just **** about it. Swindon, what a shithole
If you believe anything in the papers then you will go through life knowing nothing. Either do the research yourself behind what really happened or stop yapping away like a Jack russell. This is why I'm leaving Swindon as people believe anything and just **** about it. Swindon, what a shithole slightlyanonymousmatt
  • Score: -6

8:26pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Rockgodc says...

Do you know all of the management ? No
Who the hell are you to talk about them like that. You don't know the circumstances. And surely for them to pay people, they need people to come to the club. So maybe if you got over yourselves and gave it a go, you might have realised what a great night out I you could have had there instead of having a go because they couldn't afford to pay. They did this because you wanted it. Give them a break. Didn't realise the whole of Swindon is now a business expert. Shut. Up
Do you know all of the management ? No Who the hell are you to talk about them like that. You don't know the circumstances. And surely for them to pay people, they need people to come to the club. So maybe if you got over yourselves and gave it a go, you might have realised what a great night out I you could have had there instead of having a go because they couldn't afford to pay. They did this because you wanted it. Give them a break. Didn't realise the whole of Swindon is now a business expert. Shut. Up Rockgodc
  • Score: -14

9:30pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Phantom Poster says...

Rockgodc wrote:
Do you know all of the management ? No
Who the hell are you to talk about them like that. You don't know the circumstances. And surely for them to pay people, they need people to come to the club. So maybe if you got over yourselves and gave it a go, you might have realised what a great night out I you could have had there instead of having a go because they couldn't afford to pay. They did this because you wanted it. Give them a break. Didn't realise the whole of Swindon is now a business expert. Shut. Up
Well you must come from Swindon then as you quite obviously don't have the first clue about business!

It's all everyone else's fault, is it? So which one are you - Jason Ranford, Paula Harris or Helene Simpkins?
[quote][p][bold]Rockgodc[/bold] wrote: Do you know all of the management ? No Who the hell are you to talk about them like that. You don't know the circumstances. And surely for them to pay people, they need people to come to the club. So maybe if you got over yourselves and gave it a go, you might have realised what a great night out I you could have had there instead of having a go because they couldn't afford to pay. They did this because you wanted it. Give them a break. Didn't realise the whole of Swindon is now a business expert. Shut. Up[/p][/quote]Well you must come from Swindon then as you quite obviously don't have the first clue about business! It's all everyone else's fault, is it? So which one are you - Jason Ranford, Paula Harris or Helene Simpkins? Phantom Poster
  • Score: 10

9:33pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Phantom Poster says...

slightlyanonymousmat
t
wrote:
If you believe anything in the papers then you will go through life knowing nothing. Either do the research yourself behind what really happened or stop yapping away like a Jack russell. This is why I'm leaving Swindon as people believe anything and just **** about it. Swindon, what a shithole
So who made then have photo calls and "yap" away to the Adver?
[quote][p][bold]slightlyanonymousmat t[/bold] wrote: If you believe anything in the papers then you will go through life knowing nothing. Either do the research yourself behind what really happened or stop yapping away like a Jack russell. This is why I'm leaving Swindon as people believe anything and just **** about it. Swindon, what a shithole[/p][/quote]So who made then have photo calls and "yap" away to the Adver? Phantom Poster
  • Score: 7

7:50am Fri 14 Feb 14

ChаnnelX says...

As usual, people are forgetting just how great The Brunel Rooms were in its better days. They regularly had top class acts that would draw massive crowds. As I said on the last story about this, I saw The Brotherhood Of Man, Smokey, The Doolies, Black Lace and even Dollar played there at least once - really wonderful times. The queue to get in would often reach the entrance to Sainsburys, just around the corner.

The beginning of the end was when Keith Harris plus Orville were booked but didn't turn up, *very* disappointing. The organisers tried to muster together a stand-in act with one of the bar staff holding a fence post wrapped in tinsel but it just wasn't the same as you could clearly see his lips moving. Many people left in tears.

All people want to do now is snipe about the management but back then it really was the best place in town.
As usual, people are forgetting just how great The Brunel Rooms were in its better days. They regularly had top class acts that would draw massive crowds. As I said on the last story about this, I saw The Brotherhood Of Man, Smokey, The Doolies, Black Lace and even Dollar played there at least once - really wonderful times. The queue to get in would often reach the entrance to Sainsburys, just around the corner. The beginning of the end was when Keith Harris plus Orville were booked but didn't turn up, *very* disappointing. The organisers tried to muster together a stand-in act with one of the bar staff holding a fence post wrapped in tinsel but it just wasn't the same as you could clearly see his lips moving. Many people left in tears. All people want to do now is snipe about the management but back then it really was the best place in town. ChаnnelX
  • Score: 3

6:08pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Swindon999 says...

BrunelTechie wrote:
The Brunel Rooms this and That - Swindon adver you seriously are starting to get boring now... This place was like a home to me and to be honest i loved every moment of the club being open and i love all the Directors to pieces - Anyway enjoy slagging people off. That is all
I believe you were working at the club illegally by not being old enough to work in this venue at the age of 17. so hush your gums little boy and get back to being a brown nose elsewhere, this page is for the adults
[quote][p][bold]BrunelTechie[/bold] wrote: The Brunel Rooms this and That - Swindon adver you seriously are starting to get boring now... This place was like a home to me and to be honest i loved every moment of the club being open and i love all the Directors to pieces - Anyway enjoy slagging people off. That is all[/p][/quote]I believe you were working at the club illegally by not being old enough to work in this venue at the age of 17. so hush your gums little boy and get back to being a brown nose elsewhere, this page is for the adults Swindon999
  • Score: 2

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