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Mon 21st Nov 2016 - Fabric to reopen with new policy banning 18-year-olds
Fabric to reopen with new policy banning 18-year-olds: London nightclub Fabric will reopen – but 18-year-olds will be banned. The Farringdon club has agreed comprehensive new operating procedures with Islington Council, having had its licence revoked in September after two 18-year-olds died of drug overdoses this summer. It was due to appeal at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court next week – but lawyers instead struck a deal with the council in private, only leaving district judge Robin McPhee to rubber-stamp the new policy. Under the new terms, specialist roles have been created to prevent drugs entering the venue, and to help anyone showing signs of illness inside. Meanwhile, anyone under the age of 19 will not be allowed in and anyone found in possession of drugs, or who tries to deal drugs, will be banned from the club for life. Philip Kolvin, representing the club, told Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court: “My client decided to take a root and branch reappraisal of its processes and procedures. It has produced a new 155-page operating manual. Promoting licensing objectives is the responsibility of everyone from junior to senior. Fabric shares exactly the same goals as the authorities.” Raujit Bhose, for the council, added: “What the council has been concerned with is whether Fabric can operate with a true zero tolerance towards drugs. We are now satisfied revocation of the licence is not necessary. Fabric has accepted procedure for searching and drug dealing within the club were not sufficient. It has now accepted 38 new conditions as well as its 155-page operating manual. The authority is satisfied Fabric understands what has to be done.”

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