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The NTIA has set up a meeting to discuss policing of London events

The controversial risk assessment form 696 will be at the centre of debate

  • Dave Turner
  • 2 August 2016

A meeting has been set up by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) to discuss The Promotion Event Risk Assessment Form 696, a document aimed at minimising violence at events in London.

Introduced by the Metropolitan Police, it's proved to be controversial after the cancellation of various events, notably a Just Jam party, featuring grime artists Jme and Big Narstie, that was due to take place at the Barbican in 2014.

Specifically tailored towards promoters, the NTIA-led meeting aims to discuss any problems promoters may have, which can then be passed onto the Met Police's Central Licensing Unit.

A press release penned by NTIA chairman Alan Miller reads: "We have been speaking with the police about some concerns around 696's, with venues, managers, artists and promoters that have arisen over the past couple of years.

"We believe this upcoming meeting for Promoters (and there will be one set up for October for venue owners and managers too) will be a very useful exercise to get some of the concerns and issues out on the table, have dialogue and work out ways that we can get to ensure as much smooth professional operations in advance as possible."

When 696 was first introduced, one of the main controversies surrounding it referred to a question asking whether specific ethnic groups would be attending an event. That was later changed to 'who is the target audience?' along with a reduced version of the form.

The NTIA meeting takes place at Fire in Vauxhall, South London on August 16. Another meeting with venue owners and managers is planned for October.

Dave Turner is Mixmag's Digital News Editor, follow him on Twitter

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