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Fabric Club in London Shut Down Over Drug-Related Deaths

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Sign on door of Fabric nightclub announces closing. (Rex Features via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 08 Sep 2016 06:43 AM

London’s famed Fabric nightclub, the destination of more than 6 million fun seekers since it opened in 1999, is shutting down permanently because of an uncontrolled drug culture that recently turned fatal.

The club’s “local council revoked its license on Wednesday due to several drug-related deaths,” said Agence France-Presse.

The club’s license was suspended last month after the deaths of two teenagers suspected of overdosing on drugs at the famous club located in the borough of Islington. Both deaths took place within three months at the “2,500 capacity nightclub,” which led the police to request the shutdown, according to Web Top News.

The shutdown sparked an online petition that’s gathered nearly 150,000 signatures, said AFP. Fabric DJ Jacob Husley started the petition on Change.org.

“We are in shock. I am feeling a mixture of disbelief and anger and sadness,” Husley said.

“The police win out. Fabric is shut,” the Time Out entertainment magazine said Tuesday following a meeting of the Islington council’s licensing committee.

Fabric had built a reputation for itself over the last decade and a half, becoming known for “its drum and bass, techno and house nights” and its rivalry with “fellow British clubbing institution Ministry of Sound,” said AFP.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, visited Fabric when he was young and communicated his disappointment in the matter.

“London’s iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape,” Khan said. “Clubbing needs to be safe but I’m disappointed that Fabric, Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police were unable to reach agreement on how to address concerns about public safety.”

“As a result of this decision, thousands of people who enjoyed going to Fabric as an essential part of London’s nightlife will lose out.”

London’s Metropolitan Police also responded with a statement: “Police felt the need to act due to concerns about the safety of those attending the club due to the supply of class A drugs in the venue and the recent deaths of two young men linked to the club.”

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