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REVEALED: Student hotspot named Oxford’s roughest nightclub

Popular student nightclub Purple Turtle had the highest number of police incidents over the last five years out of Oxford’s clubs, with officers called to the venue 396 times.

An investigation into the city’s nightclubs by the Oxfordshire Guardian found the student hotspot off Frewin Court equated for more than a fifth of all clubbing incidents reported to police in Oxford from 2011 until April 14 this year.

Purple Turtle is owned and run by world-renowned debating society Oxford Union.

Oxford Union declined to comment on the figures.

The results of the Freedom of Information request submitted to Thames Valley Police also found Atik in Park End Street had already recorded 44 incidents this year alone.

Throughout the whole of last year the club had 33 incidents, but it was run as Lava Ignite until September last year when Atik took over the site.

Atik general manager Nick Greensted said: “The safety and enjoyment of our customers is our main priority and we set the highest standards possible.

“We do not tolerate anti-social behaviour of any kind and we will have no hesitation in reporting any incidents to the police to make sure that we will continue to set the bar in Oxford.”

Lava Ignite moved out on August 22 last year before Atik launched on September 11 following £500,000 worth of refurbishments at the venue.Mr Greensted added the results can also be put down to the three-floored club being the largest in Oxford.

Atik is owned by Deltic Group, which picked up the Responsible Retailer of the Year award at the national Publican Awards in Edinburgh last month.

Purple Turtle’s 396 reported incidents was the highest of 10 Oxford nightclubs. The Bridge nightclub in Hythe Bridge Street was second with 345.

The Guardian investigation also found police response to the reports dropped sharply in the first four months of this year.

Of 194 incidents reported to the police up until April 14 this year, the force went to the scene on 104 occasions (53 per cent).

This is a large drop from the whole of 2015 when police went to the scene 83 per cent of the time. From the five years spanning 2011 to 2015 police attendance was at its lowest in 2011 when officers went to 78 per cent of reported clubbing incidents.

Supt Christian Bunt, LPA Commander for Oxford said: “In recent months we have started to become far more effective in assessing what we need to attend. Historically, we have attended incidents that should and could have been dealt with by the premises themselves.

“This was a drain on police resources and meant that our resources became very stretched at peak times.”

In total over the last five years, police attended 81 per cent of the 1,828 reported incidents.

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