Security review at ‘rave attack’ Skylark Hotel

Skylark hotel – scene of alleged sex attack

Skylark hotel – scene of alleged sex attack

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POLICE have launched a review of safety procedures at a hotel after a sexual assault and drug taking was said to have taken place at an organised rave.

Officers are reviewing arrangements at the Skylark Hotel in Aviation Way, Southend, after a string of incidents were reported.

Yesterday the Echo told how a woman had allegedly been sexually assaulted while at Saturday’s rave, which attracted up to 2,000 people.

Now it’s emerged a 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man were arrested at the scene for possession of drugs, which police believe to be cocaine, while four people reported their mobile phones were stolen from their bags which had been unzipped.

Insp Jeff Appleby from Rochford neighbourhood policing team, said: “There have been a number of events at the venue which we have raised concerns about. They are not serious enough to close the premises, but they are in terms of the conditions on the licence and the aspects around how the events are run.

“We are investigating to see if there is any breach of the licence.

“Security on the night seemed very switched on and I am reasonably convinced they have done everything they can. It’s whether the managing director has put things in place to prevent this. He is the one who sets out the event management plan for them to work from.

“Normally we have a problem with noise complaints from residents as well. This time we didn’t get any noise complaints.”

Police previously threatened the venue with a licence review, but found there were some discrepancies over what their conditions were, and made amendments.

Loretta Orrow, 53, of Avro Road, Rochford, said: “You can’t sit outside when they have their parties. It is continuous thump, thump, thump, all evening. It’s quite annoying. I feel sorry for the people who live really near.”

Owner Andreas Stavrinides, 64, said: “We are cooperating with police. As for the drugs offences, it was brought to my attention there were people at the door with drugs and we called the police.

“The phone thefts are a negligence issue. People are careless in such situations.”

The two men arrested for possession of cocaine have been bailed until September 9.

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7:32am Thu 17 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

what sort of Hotel holds rave partys like this, times must be hard to bring in cash that way, not a great advert for anyone looking to stay there.
what sort of Hotel holds rave partys like this, times must be hard to bring in cash that way, not a great advert for anyone looking to stay there. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 11

8:09am Thu 17 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

every time kids try and have a bit of innocent fun, the whingers are out, and the police try their level best to ruin it..... drugs at a rave ? you don't say ! that's the whole idea of it ! as for the so called 'sexual assault' that will be another one straight out of fantasy land..... leave these kids to party, you can't beat a good rave, or would you prefer they're out burning down scout huts and wrecking cars ?
every time kids try and have a bit of innocent fun, the whingers are out, and the police try their level best to ruin it..... drugs at a rave ? you don't say ! that's the whole idea of it ! as for the so called 'sexual assault' that will be another one straight out of fantasy land..... leave these kids to party, you can't beat a good rave, or would you prefer they're out burning down scout huts and wrecking cars ? pembury53
  • Score: -8

8:33am Thu 17 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

pembury53 wrote:
every time kids try and have a bit of innocent fun, the whingers are out, and the police try their level best to ruin it..... drugs at a rave ? you don't say ! that's the whole idea of it ! as for the so called 'sexual assault' that will be another one straight out of fantasy land..... leave these kids to party, you can't beat a good rave, or would you prefer they're out burning down scout huts and wrecking cars ?
Drugs, theft and sexual assault... that's YOUR idea of a "party" is it? You'd want the kids in your family at an event like that would you?

You can "party" and enjoy yourself without the drugs, booze and upsetting the locals.

Why do people assume you have to be off your face to have a good time. I've been at parties where I have spent more time on the dance floor than anyone else, let my hair down and had a good laugh (and this is only recently) and not one drop of alcohol has passed my lips, nor have I ever done drugs.

Perhaps your idea of a good time is getting so out of your head you're lying face down in the gutter covered in vomit, or puking in the backs of taxis. Or perhaps wasting the time of paramedics who have better things to do and getting yourself hospitalised. Or that good old night out must do, getting yourself banged up in a police cell.

Yeah man, great! Bring it on!

Nuff said.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: every time kids try and have a bit of innocent fun, the whingers are out, and the police try their level best to ruin it..... drugs at a rave ? you don't say ! that's the whole idea of it ! as for the so called 'sexual assault' that will be another one straight out of fantasy land..... leave these kids to party, you can't beat a good rave, or would you prefer they're out burning down scout huts and wrecking cars ?[/p][/quote]Drugs, theft and sexual assault... that's YOUR idea of a "party" is it? You'd want the kids in your family at an event like that would you? You can "party" and enjoy yourself without the drugs, booze and upsetting the locals. Why do people assume you have to be off your face to have a good time. I've been at parties where I have spent more time on the dance floor than anyone else, let my hair down and had a good laugh (and this is only recently) and not one drop of alcohol has passed my lips, nor have I ever done drugs. Perhaps your idea of a good time is getting so out of your head you're lying face down in the gutter covered in vomit, or puking in the backs of taxis. Or perhaps wasting the time of paramedics who have better things to do and getting yourself hospitalised. Or that good old night out must do, getting yourself banged up in a police cell. Yeah man, great! Bring it on! Nuff said. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 8

8:34am Thu 17 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

pembury53 wrote:
every time kids try and have a bit of innocent fun, the whingers are out, and the police try their level best to ruin it..... drugs at a rave ? you don't say ! that's the whole idea of it ! as for the so called 'sexual assault' that will be another one straight out of fantasy land..... leave these kids to party, you can't beat a good rave, or would you prefer they're out burning down scout huts and wrecking cars ?
Drugs, theft and sexual assault... that's YOUR idea of a "party" is it? You'd want the kids in your family at an event like that would you?

You can "party" and enjoy yourself without the drugs, booze and upsetting the locals.

Why do people assume you have to be off your face to have a good time. I've been at parties where I have spent more time on the dance floor than anyone else, let my hair down and had a good laugh (and this is only recently) and not one drop of alcohol has passed my lips, nor have I ever done drugs.

Perhaps your idea of a good time is getting so out of your head you're lying face down in the gutter covered in vomit, or puking in the backs of taxis. Or perhaps wasting the time of paramedics who have better things to do and getting yourself hospitalised. Or that good old night out must do, getting yourself banged up in a police cell.

Yeah man, great! Bring it on!

Nuff said.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: every time kids try and have a bit of innocent fun, the whingers are out, and the police try their level best to ruin it..... drugs at a rave ? you don't say ! that's the whole idea of it ! as for the so called 'sexual assault' that will be another one straight out of fantasy land..... leave these kids to party, you can't beat a good rave, or would you prefer they're out burning down scout huts and wrecking cars ?[/p][/quote]Drugs, theft and sexual assault... that's YOUR idea of a "party" is it? You'd want the kids in your family at an event like that would you? You can "party" and enjoy yourself without the drugs, booze and upsetting the locals. Why do people assume you have to be off your face to have a good time. I've been at parties where I have spent more time on the dance floor than anyone else, let my hair down and had a good laugh (and this is only recently) and not one drop of alcohol has passed my lips, nor have I ever done drugs. Perhaps your idea of a good time is getting so out of your head you're lying face down in the gutter covered in vomit, or puking in the backs of taxis. Or perhaps wasting the time of paramedics who have better things to do and getting yourself hospitalised. Or that good old night out must do, getting yourself banged up in a police cell. Yeah man, great! Bring it on! Nuff said. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 2

10:03am Thu 17 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
every time kids try and have a bit of innocent fun, the whingers are out, and the police try their level best to ruin it..... drugs at a rave ? you don't say ! that's the whole idea of it ! as for the so called 'sexual assault' that will be another one straight out of fantasy land..... leave these kids to party, you can't beat a good rave, or would you prefer they're out burning down scout huts and wrecking cars ?
Drugs, theft and sexual assault... that's YOUR idea of a "party" is it? You'd want the kids in your family at an event like that would you?

You can "party" and enjoy yourself without the drugs, booze and upsetting the locals.

Why do people assume you have to be off your face to have a good time. I've been at parties where I have spent more time on the dance floor than anyone else, let my hair down and had a good laugh (and this is only recently) and not one drop of alcohol has passed my lips, nor have I ever done drugs.

Perhaps your idea of a good time is getting so out of your head you're lying face down in the gutter covered in vomit, or puking in the backs of taxis. Or perhaps wasting the time of paramedics who have better things to do and getting yourself hospitalised. Or that good old night out must do, getting yourself banged up in a police cell.

Yeah man, great! Bring it on!

Nuff said.
A bit of perspective required I think kim........ drugs and raves go hand in hand and always have, its the way it is, and millions of people have had a fantastic time at them over the years, but genuine raves have no alcohol, so people are not lying around covered in vomit. a bit of noise is a fact of life from time to time, people are just too quick to moan all the time, but if it's happening too often then fair enough, the parties should be held less often. sadly, theft happens everywhere, and cannot be controlled by skylark hotel, and who's to say the thieves were not genuine party goers, but targeted this event, knowing it would be easy pickings, just like the streets of London or busy shopping arcades ? as for the 'sexual assault' I maintain that this will prove to be nothing more than yet another false allegation by a sad attention seeker, which is all too common lately..... I may be proved wrong, but we'll see......
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: every time kids try and have a bit of innocent fun, the whingers are out, and the police try their level best to ruin it..... drugs at a rave ? you don't say ! that's the whole idea of it ! as for the so called 'sexual assault' that will be another one straight out of fantasy land..... leave these kids to party, you can't beat a good rave, or would you prefer they're out burning down scout huts and wrecking cars ?[/p][/quote]Drugs, theft and sexual assault... that's YOUR idea of a "party" is it? You'd want the kids in your family at an event like that would you? You can "party" and enjoy yourself without the drugs, booze and upsetting the locals. Why do people assume you have to be off your face to have a good time. I've been at parties where I have spent more time on the dance floor than anyone else, let my hair down and had a good laugh (and this is only recently) and not one drop of alcohol has passed my lips, nor have I ever done drugs. Perhaps your idea of a good time is getting so out of your head you're lying face down in the gutter covered in vomit, or puking in the backs of taxis. Or perhaps wasting the time of paramedics who have better things to do and getting yourself hospitalised. Or that good old night out must do, getting yourself banged up in a police cell. Yeah man, great! Bring it on! Nuff said.[/p][/quote]A bit of perspective required I think kim........ drugs and raves go hand in hand and always have, its the way it is, and millions of people have had a fantastic time at them over the years, but genuine raves have no alcohol, so people are not lying around covered in vomit. a bit of noise is a fact of life from time to time, people are just too quick to moan all the time, but if it's happening too often then fair enough, the parties should be held less often. sadly, theft happens everywhere, and cannot be controlled by skylark hotel, and who's to say the thieves were not genuine party goers, but targeted this event, knowing it would be easy pickings, just like the streets of London or busy shopping arcades ? as for the 'sexual assault' I maintain that this will prove to be nothing more than yet another false allegation by a sad attention seeker, which is all too common lately..... I may be proved wrong, but we'll see...... pembury53
  • Score: -2

11:28am Thu 17 Jul 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Revoke their license
Revoke their license VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 8

12:33pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

Just realised this must of been in the old Zero6, how great that place was in its hayday, now been dragged down.
Just realised this must of been in the old Zero6, how great that place was in its hayday, now been dragged down. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 1

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