Cameo Bournemouth involved in racism row

Popular student nightclub Cameo has been subject to accusations of racism after refusing a group of black men entry on Saturday night.

The men from London paid £750 to pre-book the night out and had email confirmations to hand regarding their booking, including the number and names of those attending.

The bouncers and management team refused the group entry, with the only explanation being that they were not letting large groups enter the club at this time.

The scenes outside the club where the row unfolded were captured on a smartphone and the video has since gone viral on YouTube, gaining over 32,000 views.

A spokeswoman for Cameo declined to comment on why the men were refused entry, but the club later released a statement on their Facebook page which said that “we categorically refute these allegations.”

Personal trainer Leonard Lionel said that the way he and his friends were treated “was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Cameo nightclub said that “we reserve the right to refuse entry for various reasons, but race is never one of them.”

The group of childhood friends aged in their late twenties were having an annual reunion and had chosen Bournemouth as their destination this year.

They arrived at the club at approximately 23:30 GMT, claiming not to be drunk or disorderly, but they along with 150 other people were refused entry.

The club have since fully refunded the group and apologised for any disappointment caused.

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