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Clubbers' relief as Farringdon super club Fabric saved - but strict new rules now in place

PUBLISHED: 10:37 19 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:46 19 December 2014

Fabric club in Charterhouse Street

Fabric club in Charterhouse Street

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Clubbers across the globe are breathing a sigh of relief now super club Fabric has been allowed to stay open.

Some of those new rules

- Drug dogs must be outside the venue at least 50 per cent of opening hours

- If a clubber is taken to hospital by ambulance, police must be called.

- All entrants must go through a metal detector or be scanned with a search wand

- All entrants must have their ID scanned

-All entrants must be searched, including bags

- CCTV must be installed and operated in agreement with police

- No heating or shelter in the smoking area

- No food or drink served in the smoking area

- At least one steward per 25 people in the smoking area

The world famous venue, in Charterhouse Street, Farringdon, had been facing closure after a spate of drug-related deaths and near deaths, including two in recent months.

Police had been “seriously considering” shutting the venue, but last night an Islington Council licensing committee agreed it could stay in business - albeit with strict new conditions.

A spokesman for Fabric said: the club cared deeply about the safety of customers, had a zero-tolerance drug policy and provided medics, free water and non-judgemental advice to punters.

He added: “The incidents referred to in the Met Police’s report are truly tragic events; incidents that we assure you our team reacted to in the quickest possible and most efficient manner - our medical staff have since been commended by senior coroners on their “impressive” and “quite extraordinary” level of expertise.

“As a team we’ve all felt the shock and horror that a death on our premises can cause.

“We don’t take it lightly; in fact, we’re constantly adapting our protocols in direct reaction to them in the hope that these are changes we can make to our operational policy that will prevent incidents like this from happening in the future.

“Our hearts and thoughts really do go out to all the friends and families of those involved.”

In their report to the council police say eight people have collapsed from ecstasy or MDMA use at the Fabric during the last three years – four of whom died.

Ch Supt Steve Deehan criticised the club for not informing police about the latest death – an 18-year-old-girl in September – which could “seriously frustrate a criminal investigation”.

Since the Gazette revealed the threat to Fabric on Thursday, a petition has logged 35,500 signatures and a Facebook page has gathered more than 42,000 likes.

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