A nightclub has been shut down after a teenager was battered to death inside.

The Funktion Rooms in Pevensey Road, Eastbourne, has been shut down by Eastbourne Borough Council following the death of 19-year-old Ben Lund.

The council’s licensing committee called an emergency meeting following an application from Sussex Police and members decided to suspend the nightclub’s licence over fears revellers were being put in danger there.

A council spokesman said: “The council received an application for an expedited summary review under the Licensing Act 2003 from Sussex Police in respect of the Funktion Rooms.

“On hearing information from the premises licence holder and Sussex Police, members of the licensing committee suspended the premises licence with immediate effect as an interim step citing public safety and the prevention of serious crime as reasons pending the full review hearing.”

A date for the hearing has not yet been set.

The club had been closed since Mr Lund’s death on July 11.

The teenager, of York Road, Eastbourne, died after suffering bleeding around the brain after he was attacked in the basement area of the venue, known as the Sub Club.

The death of the popular window cleaner, who was described as “calm” and “caring”, shocked the community.

His family said they were “utterly devastated” by their loss.

Thousands of people have signed a tribute page set up for the former Cavendish School pupil on the social networking site Facebook.

Nicholas Sitko, of Mendip Avenue, Eastbourne, is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court on July 31 charged with murdering Mr Lund.

The 24-year-old is currently in custody.

Friends have set up a fund to contribute toward’s Mr Lund’s funeral. For more information email sharmeen_alavi@live.co.uk.