Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Celebrity Haunt Where 'Madman Tried to Throttle Female Diner' Could Lose Licence

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Celebrity Haunt Where 'Madman Tried to Throttle Female Diner' Could Lose Licence

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Byline: Barney Davis

A CELEBRITY restaurant where a "madman" allegedly started throttling a diner has been warned its licence is at risk.

The woman was dining with a friend at Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green when a man allegedly grabbed her by the throat.

Security staff restrained the alleged attacker, described as a white man in his thirties with long hair, but he fled before police officers arrived.

The venue, in Kilburn Lane, has been described as "unusual hybrid of a pub, restaurant and decadent dance space". Guests have included Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Nick Grimshaw, Lily Allen, Sadie Frost, Sienna Miller, Miranda Richardson and Chrissie Hynde.

Details of the alleged attack emerged today as residents launched a campaign calling for the venue to face stricter controls on its licence.

They claim the club is making their lives "unbearable" due to violence in the street, drunken behaviour, drug taking, noise and nuisance.

The alleged attack is said to have taken place on Christmas Eve, as the woman had supper with a friend.

A source said: "They were having a perfectly normal meal, then all of a sudden this man came bowling out of the toilets and made a beeline for her. He grabbed her by the neck very aggressively and started throttling her for real. There were a lot of people there who saw it, including children.

"All the bouncers piled on top of this madman and sat on him but he got away before police arrived.

"They were both surprisingly calm after the bouncers dragged him off, but she had been gasping for breath. He could have killed her." Police said no formal complaint had been made.

The details emerged in an application for a licence review submitted to Brent council, which includes complaints from more than a dozen neighbours.

They claimed guests had performed sex acts in their front gardens and hidden drugs in flower boxes. …

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