One of Britain's best known nightclubs, Fabric, has been forced to close permanently after its licence was revoked by the council at the request of the police.
The Metropolitan police had asked the council to shut down the 2,500-capacity nightclub after the deaths of two teenagers in the space of nine weeks. One died after collapsing outside the club in August, while another died in late June.
At a meeting to consider the police request, Islington Borough Council decided that searches by security staff at the London venue had been:
Inadequate and in breach of the licence. People entering the club were inadequately searched.
It added that covert police operations suggested people were openly buying and taking illegal drugs on the premises and that staff should have been aware of it.
Leading figures who played at the venue, one of the most important for fans of electronic music, joined regulars in expressing their sorrow at the decision. A
to halt the closure of the club had reached almost 150,000 signatures. Jacob Husley, who initiated the petition and has worked at the club's Sunday night party for the past eight years, said of the decision:
We are in shock. I am feeling a mixture of disbelief and anger and sadness ... It would be a devastating blow for London and culture, and clubs across the UK. It sets a precedent.
The chair of the Night Time Industries Association, Alan Miller, said he would start a grassroots fund to help save the club.
Fabric's campaign to stay open had been backed by the London mayor, Sadiq Khan who said:
London's iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape ... My team have spoken to all involved in the current situation and I am urging them to find a common sense solution that ensures the club remains open while protecting the safety of
those who want to enjoy London's clubbing scene.
The MP for Islington, Emily Thornberry, also wrote on Facebook that she believed Fabric should stay open.
Update: What next for the UK's club scene?
8th September 2016. See article from bbc.com
The BBC has weighed in with a surprisingly damning indictment of the police and local authorities:
Fabric, one of Britain's best-known nightclubs, has been shut after the deaths of two clubbers. But fans, DJs and venue owners have decried the decision, saying it will not solve the drug problem but will have a chilling effect on the clubbing scene.
Our culture has been torn apart, tweeted dance act Chase & Status , noting that almost all of London's iconic dance venues have now closed their doors.
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh said the decision marked the beginning of the end of our cities as cultural centres .
And a host of other artists and DJs, from Fatboy Slim and the Chemical Brothers to Radio 1's Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw, also expressed their dismay.
Singer Roisin Murphy told the BBC: For London it is a sign of things going downhill, in terms of being a fun place. I think people have seen the same thing happen in New York.
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