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Ace Café could be closed

Published: 01 August 2014

Updated: 20 November 2014

The Ace Café in London is under threat of closure if Brent police follow through on the threat to implement the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The act gives police new powers to close venues accused of anti-social behaviour without the need to go to court.

The issue stems from a minority of scooter, motorcycle and car owners performing stunts outside the Ace Café and on the surrounding roads.

Café owner Mark Wilsmore has put up posters around the venue explaining its fate is in the hands of those causing problems.

The poster states: "Ace Café London has received a written warning from police that continued anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of the café will result in them closing it down, using new powers given to them by this act.

"Anti-social behaviour includes dangerous driving/riding, the performing of stunts on the public road (wheelies, stoppies, burnouts and drifting). The future of the café is in your hands."

Wilsmore told MCN: "These new powers are a significant risk to the future of the Ace Café and other bike meets as any can be closed down by the police with no court appearance to argue a case.

"We work closely with some elements of the Metropolitan police but Brent police are the ones who have done this. We will continue to work on a solution."

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