Ryan Passey murder: Changes at Stourbridge nightclub ‘a step in right direction’

By Richard Guttridge | Stourbridge | Crime | Published:

A senior councillor has said he hopes tougher security measures at a nightclub where a man was killed will prevent similar incidents from happening again.

Ryan Passey, inset, and police outside Chicago's after the tragedy

Metal detection wands will now be used to search customers at Chicago's in Stourbridge, which will be allowed to reopen after the death of Ryan Passey, aged 24, on August 6.

A series of other security measures have been imposed on the club by Dudley Council licensing bosses, including searching at least every other customer who comes in, rather than the existing policy of one in six.

Police wanted to be sure security would be tightened before the club reopened.

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Stourbridge councillor Nicolas Barlow, who sits on the authority's cabinet, said: "I welcome the conditions the police put forward. It is a step in the right direction.

"In an ideal world we would want to have every person searched but that could cause logistical problems.

"Wand searches are to be welcomed and encouraged and I hope the establishment takes on board the recommendations." Kobe Murray, 19, of The Broadway, Dudley, has been charged with Mr Passey's murder and is remanded in custody.

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Chief Reporter - @RichG_star

Chief Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton.

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