Police slammed for response to revellers’ abuse
Officers accused of ‘not trying’ to stem problem of Winkers troubles
In emails seen by the Bucks Advertiser/ Examiner, a villager who lives near to the controversial Winkers Nightclub, in Denham Lane, has blasted the police for what he sees as ‘not trying’ over ‘targeted abuse’.
He claimed night time drunks leaving the club in the early hours knock over his bins, engage in drunk and disorderly behaviour, drive dangerously, deal drugs and vandalise cars and properties well into the night, ‘severely affecting’ his life.
The man, who does not wish to be named, said he has reported the ‘ abusive behaviour and disturbances of the peace’ to the police, council and local MP for over a year.
He added: “The lawbreaking has been unchanged, as it has been for over 40 years since Winkers opened.
“Neither [the police] nor the council have done anything to protect us or others from the lawbreaking of the drunken customers of Winkers and their suppliers.”
He feels ‘real exasperation’ and has had to resort to sleeping in the back of the house because of the noise.
He said: “Most people are fed up with it and they know nothing changes,” and added: “Things that happed in an inner city area are happening in a little village in South Bucks.”
A spokesperson for Chiltern District Council said: “We can confirm that we last received complaints from a resident regarding Winkers Nightclub in April 2016. These were followed up and responded to at the time.
“Our licensing officers undertake regular evening checks at the premises to establish whether there is anything occurring that is likely to be a breach of the licence or any other issues that may cause a nuisance to local residents.
“On recent visits the premises no issues of concern have been noted.
“Officers will continue to liaise with the local neighbourhood police team over any ongoing issues of concern.”
They advised people living in the ‘immediate vicinity’ to put their bins out for collection in the morning or bring them closer to their house to avoid any anti-social behaviour.
They added: “We would encourage any residents who are encountering any problems of anti-social behaviour to report them to the council or to the police as appropriate.”
A spokesperson for the police said: “Thames Valley Police is unable to respond to complaints made through the media.
“All complaints regarding service received from the police are taken extremely seriously and any concerns can be raised with our Professional Standards Department.”
Police recommend contacting 101, writing to the Professional Standards Department, Thames Valley Police Headquarters South, Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 2NX or emailing professional. standards@thamesvalley. pnn.police.uk.
Winkers was unavailable for comment as this newspaper went to press.