NTIA Accuses Met Police Of Reintroducing Elements Of Form 696 "By Stealth"

NTIA Accuses Met Police Of Reintroducing Elements Of Form 696 "By Stealth"

March 07, 2022

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) have reported that racist policies by Met police are infiltrating London's venues once again.

Members of the NTIA have received reports of the controversial risk assessment making its way back into London's live industry scene, some businesses have even been threatened with closure notices if they do not provide the information the police requests.

NTIA CEO Michael Kill suggests that they are reintroducing traces of the previously banned Form 696 across businesses around London. Initiated back in 2005, the form allowed the police to request personal details of artists and promoters that would be present at an event in hopes to decrease the chances of violence.

Kill added that the police "predominantly target certain music genres. i.e UK garage, drum & bass, grime, and hip-hop". He went on to claim that this continued rise in reports is down to the Met "reimplementing a discriminatory policy by stealth."

He continued: "Over the last six months through our membership and the wider industry we have seen a rise in discussion between Police and Operators around high-risk events and the requirement by Police for information not too dissimilar to the requirements around the 696 form.

"Discussions we have had so far, majority of venues are not being told not to run events, but there is a stark warning by Police for venues and promoters who continue to put an event on which they would deem high risk, with an uncomfortable conversation around potential impact if there are issues on the night.

"Our sector fought so hard to try to eradicate this unjust practice, and to establish a collaborative approach to licensing that worked with promoters and venues rather than targeting them.

"I know that the Met will say they are only interested in the 'risk' that any given event poses, but this is hugely susceptible to racist biases on the part of police officers—conscious or otherwise—seeping into judgments that are being taken about, for example, whether a certain event ought to go ahead."