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World famous London nightclub, Fabric, to bring in sniffer dogs after being saved from closure

One of Britain's best-known nightclubs, Fabric, will bring in sniffer dogs after being saved from closure. The club's licence was reviewed after a string of drug-related deaths.

Fabric nightclub, Charterhouse Street, Farringdon Credit: Google Street View

In September a teenage girl died after taking MDMA at the club. Police say in the last three years eight people have collapsed - four later died.

On Thursday night the licencing committee reviewed Fabric's licence which means clubbers will be checked for drugs.

Fabric nightclub, Charterhouse Street, Farringdon Credit: Google Street View

All clubbers at Fabric could also be subject to ID checks. CCTV will also be improved.

It attracts clientele from all over Europe and it would seem that the immaturity or lifestyle leads to them becoming actively involved in the taking of illegal drugs and this could account for the disproportionate and wholly unacceptable number of deaths and near death incidents at the venue.

– Met Police report

For two years running, Fabric was voted the 'Best Club In The World' in DJ Magazine's top 100 clubs.

Fabric says it has medical staff in place to deal with emergencies:

We employ two trained medics who are on site for the duration of all of our club events and, as a venue, we provide free water and non-judgmental advice from bar staff, stewards and security teams.

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.

– Fabric statement