The closure of the legendary club Fabric was quite the heartbreak for many people, especially since the closure of long running clubs in London has been a bit of a theme as of late.
At the time of the closure, the council who revoked the club’s license said it was due to the security and safety concerns after the sad drug related deaths of two teenagers.
They said at the time: “Staff intervention and security was grossly inadequate in light of the overwhelming evidence that it was abundantly obvious that patrons in the club were on drugs and manifesting symptoms showing that they were. This included sweating, glazed red eyes and staring into space, and people asking for help.”
The owners of the club vehemently denied these claims, and there were several claims made that the council and local police had other motives for closing the venue. Namely, that the police were “getting the club back” for a previous incident.
The club previously spoke to BBC Radio 1, saying that they “put some noses out of joint” by winning a previous licensing decision regarding ID scanners and sniffer dogs.
The police are denying that Fabric was closed for any reason other than the concerns about further drug related deaths.
Commander Nick Davies from Islington Police said: “I have only been working in Islington since May, so for me to say it’s a vendetta, I don’t think so. But there have been two deaths on my watch, which makes me have to do something. I had no knowledge of Cameron [the co-founder of Fabric] before this period.”
Islington Council Leader Richard Watts also chimed in: “Nobody at Islington Council takes any pleasure about what happened to Fabric. We completely understand Fabric’s cultural importance.”
“The decision which our licensing committee took was based on evidence that Fabric weren’t meeting the conditions of their licence. The committee did not feel confident that Fabric was a safe place that was doing everything in its power to stop crime and keep its patrons safe.”
When Cameron Leslie previously spoke with BBC Radio 1, he seemed fairly certain that the club’s closure was down to a police grudge.
“That was the very first time we had stood up to the police and the council. Before that we had always worked very closely together. We said that these points were wrong and they don’t work for us. It’s not because we are being obstructive – we never have been.”
“But they [sniffer dogs and ID scanners] are wrong for this business and they agreed with us so we felt vindicated. If I am honest I think we came out of that and put some noses out of joint and that is why we are here today. It is my very firm belief that it was a feeling that ‘nobody does that to us’ and they got us back.”