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Logbook claims in club licence battle; GENERATIONS SOLICITOR ALERTS MAGISTRATES TO 'INACCURACIES'.

Byline: EMMA SNODGRASS

A LOGBOOK used by a police licensing officer was inaccurate and should not be used to revoke a Coventry nightclub's licence, the club's solicitor told licensing justices yesterday.

Philip Townshend, solicitor for Generations nightclub, in Cox Street, city centre, said the record kept by licensing inspector Tim Ruffett contained general inaccuracies and that an incorrect street name entered later in the log was "further evidence" that it could not be relied on for accuracy.

Mr Townshend told Mr Ruffett, who is now retired: "You can't choose to rely on things when it suits you and not when it doesn't suit you."

Mr Ruffett told the hearing he had taken a "broad brush" approach to the application to revoke the nightclub's licence.

He said he was producing only a "general picture of what was going on outside the club."

Mr Ruffett was giving evidence at Coventry Magistrates' Court, where police are asking the bench to revoke the club's drinks and special hours licence.

Yesterday, Mr Townshend also pointed to the log entry for November 12, when a visitor to the club falsely reported that Generations doormen had attacked him.

Although the allegations were later dropped, the entry remained in the application to revoke the club's licence.

Mr Townshend questioned Mr Ruffett about several incidents recorded in the log from November to January, relating to Generations.

When asked in each case if he could direct any criticism at the management of the club, Mr Ruffett said he could not.

Mr Townshend said he needed to go into detail on each submission by the licensing officer in relation to the nightclub.

He said: "I submit there was malice on behalf of police in putting forward the application to revoke the club's licence."

The hearing continues.

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FATE IN HAND: Generations nightclub and (below) Tim Ruffett, the police licensing inspector who kept the log and said he took a 'broad brush' approach to the application to revoke the club's drinks and special hours licence
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Date:Jun 6, 2001
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