Lawyers for the nightclub argued it was not in the public interest to hear the evidence and see CCTV footage of the brawl, as it would be prejudicial for any up and coming court cases - a view the Guardian disputes.
Newspapers are banned by law from publishing potentially prejudicial information, but that does not mean they can be excluded from such meetings.
Legal teams for the police decided to side with the nightclub, and, after a hurried discussion among the councillors present, the announcement was made that the ENTIRE hearing would be held in secret - not just disputed sections such as CCTV clips.
Friday, 9 October 2009
Epping: Twinned With Chicago..?
The people commenting on this story certainly seem to think so: