Islington Council have posted the reasons for last night’s decision to close Fabric online.
Below you can read the review in full, including details of undercover police officers attending the venue on July 2 and seeing open drug use, drugs offered for sale, “inadequate” searches. The report goes on to slam the “culture of drug use” at Fabric which they say the management and security of the club seem “incapable of controlling”.
The Sub-Committee have decided to revoke the premises licence in respect of Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1. The determination of the sub-committee (including the reasons for the decision) will be provided to you in writing within 5 working days.
REASONS FOR DECISION
The Sub-Committee listened to all the evidence and submissions and read all the material. The Sub- Committee reached the decision having given consideration to the Licensing Act 2003, as amended, and its regulations, the national guidance and the Council’s Licensing Policy.
The following relevant facts were found to have occurred:-
In 2014 a review of the premises licence took place following deaths at the premises.
Two 18 year old patrons died at the club between 25th June 2016 and 6th August 2016
The two people concerned consumed MDMA (Ecstasy) – Class A drugs, in the nightclub and purchased the drugs inside the nightclub.
On both occasions the deceased and their friends that accompanied them to the club were able to conceal drugs on their person and get through the search and entry system without the drugs being detected.
People entering the club were inadequately searched
The extent of the drug use was such that security and staff would have or should have been able to observe not only the use of drugs but also the effect of drug use on a large number of patrons and these groups in particular.
Staff intervention and security was grossly inadequate in light of the overwhelming evidence that it was abundantly obvious that patrons in the club were on drugs and manifesting symptoms showing that they were. This included sweating, glazed red eyes and staring into space and people asking for help.
Undercover officers witnessed, during a visit to the premises on 2nd July 2016, open drug use at the premises with drugs being offered for sale. Searches on entry were again inadequate and in breach of the licensing conditions.
People in the smoking area enquiring about the purchase of drugs within earshot of the security officer and in contravention of the licensing conditions relating to the dedicated smoking area.
Deaths at the club have involved people who are very young (mainly 18 to 24 age group)
Conditions 9, 20, 30, 35, 40 and 52 were being breached
Conditions already exist on the licence which enable the licence holder to properly prevent serious crime taking place at the premises. These conditions have not been observed. A culture of drug use exists at the club which the existing management and Security appears incapable of controlling. The Sub-Committee has considered adding further conditions but has come to the conclusion that this would not address the serious concerns that they have with Management of the premises. The licensing Sub-Committee has a duty to treat criminal activity taking place in the club (in this case the sale and distribution of class A-drugs) particularly seriously.
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The Licensing Sub-Committee found that the crime prevention objective is being undermined. A previous review of the licence took place less than 2 years ago following deaths at the premises. The problems that manifested themselves at that review have not been addressed adequately resulting in further tragedy and crime.
The Sub-Committee decided that revocation of the licence is both appropriate and proportionate in light of all the circumstances.
The interim steps remain in place pending any final determination of any appeal.”