Report finds world-famous Fabric nightclub has become a 'safe haven' for use of illicit drugs as venue faces crucial licence review

LONDON’s famous Fabric nightclub has become a “safe haven” for the use of illegal drugs, a damning police report has found.

The internationally-renowned Farringdon venue faces closure next week if its license is revoked.

Reports collated by the Met Police for the licencing review by Islington council on September 6 detail how on one night alone, “80% of club-goers” appeared to be on drugs.

On the same night, officials say more than half were “willing to sell drugs”.

Superintendent Stuart Ryan, of Islington Police, said: “Fabric nightclub represents a serious risk to its patrons.

'80% of clubgoers appeared to be on drugs'

“The failings of the management have led to an environment where illegal drug taking has become acceptable.

“If the premises is permitted to remain open and operating in its current form, then there is a strong possibility that further drug related deaths will occur.”

The review was sparked by the deaths of two teenagers on June 25 and August 6 this year.

Licensing officer Sergeant Aaron Barnes said the first tragic teen, known only as RB, managed to “conceal drugs on their person and get through the search and entry regime without the drugs being found.”

According to statements made by friends, RB bought “a pill”, along with three ecstasy tablets he had smuggled into the venue as he “felt his were not working”.

RB allegedly managed to buy the pill within 15 minutes.

The teen collapsed outside the central London venue at 8.20am, and died 40 minutes later in hospital.



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The second death on August 6 came after the teen’s group of friends managed to get MDMA into the club hidden in their boxer shorts after a “loose” search by bouncers.

On this occasion, the 18-year-old victim was taken to the club’s medical room at approximately 2am, but died after being airlifted to hospital.

He is believed to have taken an “MDMA bomb" – the powdered form of the drug in a wrap – which had been brought into the club.

One of the tragic teens' friends told police: “The ease of purchasing MDMA at Fabric is one of its main attractions.”

Sergeant Barnes is urging Islington council to introduce harsher licensing conditions — which could include only admitting punters aged 25 and over — if it is allowed to stay open.

The damning report comes as a whopping 93,000 people have signed a petition at urging Mayor of London Sadiq Khan not to close the club.

'The ease of purchasing MDMA at Fabric is one of its main attractions'

In a statement last week, Fabric said: “We pride ourselves on running a safe venue, and we feel extremely saddened by the events that have taken place in recent weeks.

“The safety of our customers is our number one priority.

“We know there are always areas where we can improve, and, following the recent tragic deaths, we are undertaking a thorough review of the lessons we can learn.”

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