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Fabric Nightclub To Reopen After Drugs Deaths But 18-Year-Olds Are Banned

Under-19s will be banned from the famous London club under new tough licensing conditions following the deaths of two young men.

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A north London council has said Fabric nightclub can reopen if it adheres to 32 strict new licensing conditions aimed at reducing drug abuse inside the venue.

The club, one of London's most iconic venues, was closed in September as part of a licensing review following the drug-related deaths of two 18-year-olds.

The conditions include banning under-19s from main club nights and ramping up CCTV and ID scanners. A lifetime ban for those caught asking for drugs on the premises will also be imposed.

Two 18-year-old men died at the club this summer – in June and August – after taking class A drugs at Fabric, leading to the Metropolitan police asking the council to shut the club down.

Islington council said in September that the Farringdon club’s licence was being revoked as searches conducted by security staff had been “inadequate and in breach of the licence”.

The council said the deceased and their friends had been able to "conceal drugs on their person and get through the search and entry system without the drugs being detected".

The new measures are designed to stop drugs being brought to the premises.

DJs, promoters, and clubbers expressed shock when Fabric's license was suspended, and a DJ from the club started a petition calling for it to be reopened.

The London major Sadiq Khan, who recently appointed a "night czar" to support the capital's nighttime economy, was quick to tweet the news.

Night Czar Amy Lamé has already held conversations with all parties in the Fabric case as part of her role supporting London’s night life.

Khan, who has chosen London nightlife and the nighttime economy as a key cause to champion, previously said he wanted Fabric, the police, and the council to find a solution that protected clubbers and the future of the club.

He appointed a new "night czar" earlier this month to help support London's dwindling club scene. Amy Lamé tweeted to say she was "heartened" by the decision, and had "held conversations with all parties" involved.

In a statement, Superintendent Nick Davies, from Islington police, said: "I know Fabric is a venue that holds a great deal of affection in people's hearts.

"We had no choice but to take action to safeguard clubbers and now Fabric has agreed to considerable changes I hope the venue can continue to operate for many years to come within the boundaries of the new licensing conditions."

Sara Spary is a consumer business correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Sara Spary at sara.spary@buzzfeed.com.

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