Police in Birmingham have used powers under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 to close down the Plaza Café, an unlicensed nightspot where three clubbers have been shot dead. In the most recent incident a 30-year old newlywed was shot following what was described as a "trivial spat," at the club, which has no drinks or entertainment licences, Morning Advertiser reported. The closure order decreed the club should be "closed immediately to the public." Arnold Salmon, who runs the club, was ordered to pay £2,500 in court costs, and warned he faces jail if her opens again. Acting detective Chief Inspector Kenny Bell said the Plaza had been the nucleus of problems in the area over 15 years. "Removing the premises will have a big impact on making the area safer, impact on crime reduction and go some way towards supporting the people living working and using the [area]."

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