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Club cancels programme for second weekend following drug deaths
By Rhian Jones on 17 Aug 2016
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged the owners of London club Fabric, the Metropolitan Police and Islington Council to find an approach that protects both clubbers’ safety and the future of the club as it stays closed for a second weekend.
On Friday, Fabric cancelled its weekend’s programme following the deaths of two teenagers as a result of drug overdoses at the venue over the last nine weeks.
According to the BBC, one man collapsed outside the venue at 08:20 BST on August 6th and later died in hospital. The other man had collapsed and died nine weeks previously.
Following the deaths, the Metropolitan Police asked for the nightclub’s licence to be reviewed. Islington Council, which grants Fabric’s licence, had requested that it be suspended.
Yesterday, the venue confirmed that operations would continue to be suspended for a second weekend while the Met Police Service and “other agencies” investigated the recent incident.
DJ Sasha asked Khan to “listen to pleas from DJs all around the world to help Fabric reopen. London needs Fabric,” he said on Twitter.
“I’m urging Fabric, the Met [Police] and Islington [Council] to find an approach that protects clubbers’ safety & the future of the club.”
Khan tweeted in response: “I’m urging #Fabric, the Met & Islington to find an approach that protects clubbers’ safety & the future of the club.”
The post on Fabric’s website reads: “As many of you will be aware, last weekend we agreed with the Metropolitan Police Service and other agencies to close the club in order to investigate an incident which recently occurred at our venue.
“Further to the statement issued by the MPS last Friday, we can confirm that our operation remains suspended. The club will therefore be closed again this weekend.
“We will make a further statement when we have more information, but in the meantime for anyone who has purchased a ticket for the club this weekend, we have instructed Resident Advisor to refund all ticket purchases.”