The Live Music Forum
Previously we have written to two senior Police Officers, neither who have been able to produce any evidence to support Police claims that live music leads to public disorder.
Here is our letter to Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, asking for evidence of a link between live music and public disorder, and subsequent correspondence (earliest at the top)
10th November 2009
Dear Sir Hugh
In 2003, former ACPO President Chris Fox wrote an open letter to Tessa
This sentence was read out in Parliament and was used by the
Far from making people behave in a way that is inappropriate, criminal
The basis of our philosophy is the overwhelming evidence that live
I have written on this subject to two senior Police Officers and an
Whilst I am sure that most of us are repulsed by events that "glorify
Folk, Jazz, Pop and Rock bands have been the mainstay of entertainment
Since nobody can provide evidence of any significant link between live
I think you will be surprised at how far this will go to improving the
Reply from Commander Paul Minton
Received 13th January 2010
Subject: RE: re Live Music and Disorder
Our reply to Commander Paul Minton sent on 21st Jan 2010
Dear Commander Minton
Thank you for your email and assurances that our Police Force does not automatically associate live music with public disorder.
Can you please confirm, then, that the Police will not be opposing the Government's small gigs exemption which is under consultation at the moment, or, the exemption in Lord Clement Jones' Live Music Bill which was debated last week in the House Of Lords
Under both these proposals, dancing to recorded music played by DJ's would remain licensable.
We hope this will help satisfy the concerns of the Police and that we can begin to rebuild our once healthy live music culture. That will surely work to everybody's benefit.