Club Owner Says Police Pressured Him to Ban Drum and Bass, Bashment, and "Gangster Music"

The club owner also says other venues in the area have been subjected to similar pressure from local authorities
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The club owner also says other venues in the area have been subjected to similar pressure from local authorities
Dice Bar & Club (photo via flickr)

Dice Bar & Club (photo via flickr)

A club owner in Croydon is accusing the police of pressuring him to ban Drum and Bass, Bashment, and other forms of "gangster music".

Up until now the story has been little more than finger pointing between the two parties without much evidence for the council hearing the case, and the police are denying the allegations. Now the Croydon Advertiser has published a recording between Dice Bar owner Roy Seda, his wife Farrah and police officers Chief Inspector Peter McGarry and Sergeant Michael Emery.

The recording was taken during a meeting back in January following a minor incident and features the police pressuring the club owner to change the music that is played in the club.

The transcript reads:
Sgt Emery: "You were told about this before Christmas. Why has it taken until now to decide now that you want to change the music?"
Mr Seda: "We weren't told to the change the music."
Sgt Emery: "You were advised that because I was there and spoke to you about it and Darren [Rhodes, licensing officer] spoke to you about it."
Mr Seda: "Darren said don't put bashment so we stopped that, we stopped the bashment."
Sgt Emery: "Right."
Mrs Seda: "The rest we've just been softening."
Sgt Emery: "But you've been playing drum and bass, haven't you?"
Mrs Seda: "No, we don't play drum and bass."
Sgt Emery: "Right, okay."

This is not the only evidence presented by Mr. Seda as he was previously sent a letter from Sgt. Emery stating that his bar continued to play "what this borough finds unacceptable forms of music".

Letter from Sgt Michael Emery to Roy Seda on June 23 last year

Letter from Sgt Michael Emery to Roy Seda on June 23 last year

The situation got so bad that Mr. Seda was forced to have DJs sign a contract saying hey would not play Bashment, Dancehall, or other forms of "gangster music" for fear he would lose his license. 

Mr. Seda also declared that other venues in the area had been subjected to similar pressure from authorities.

The local police are still insisting that they never told Mr. Seda what music was allowed to be played in his club, as they do not have the power to ban specific types of music.