No more parties at Rangers
A sports club marred by violence in recent months has stopped hosting parties “for the foreseeable future”.
Southampton Rangers posted a “public service announcement” on Instagram today to inform its supporters of the move.
Below an image of the club’s logo, it said: “Please be advised due to recent events there will be no parties at the club for the foreseeable future.”
The cricket and football club was told by police to shut down for 24 hours from midnight last Saturday night after two reported antisocial incidents there the previous weekend.
It was the second closure order of its kind issued on Southampton Rangers in less than three months.
A shutdown in February came after an early hours brawl that left several men injured.
Two football matches scheduled for the club’s grounds were moved elsewhere as a result of the closure.
Southampton Rangers was asked about flyers advertising functions at its premises when representatives appeared among several venues in front of licensing chiefs yesterday.
Magistrate Tyrone Chin explained that the Liquor Licensing Authority was concerned about events — which could be construed as “nightclub” — being held at a members’ club. A full hearing was set for next month.
The club declined to comment on the social media announcement today.
A later post on Instagram promoted a Good Friday community day.
Images of a bunny and decorated eggs were accompanied by a comment from the club that said: “For all members in the community, looking for something to do tomorrow.
“Feel free to join us at the club for fun castles, Easter egg hunt and free fish cakes and hot cross buns.
“We would like to take this time to wish everyone a safe and blessed holiday.”