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Issue:- 20 February 2015
Garlands Nightclub is closed down Photo and video taken
by a Merseyside Police Video Officers.
ON Thursday, 12 February 2014, Merseyside Police closed Garlands
nightclub on Eberle Street, Liverpool, following an extensive operation over
which looked at incidents of violence, and contributory factors, such as drug
supply, in the night time economy. After closing the premises, Police Officers
then carried out an extensive search of the 3 storey premises and found large
quantities of what they believed to be controlled drugs.
Chief Supt Jon Ward, said:- "Liverpool has a reputation as a safe and
vibrant City and this was recently recognised by the re-awarding of Purple Flag
status for the City Centre. Every weekend at least 100,000 people visit the City
to enjoy the City's night life. The majority of clubs and pubs in the City
Centre work closely with Merseyside Police and manage their venues in a
responsible way, contributing greatly to maintaining the City's reputation as a
great place to visit.
Over the last few months officers have found that Class A drugs and other
substances, were being openly dealt within the premises. It is clear that this
establishment didn't adhere to the same high standards as other licensed
premises in the City. Academic research shows that drug taking is linked to
violence, particularly if there are other trigger factors such as; under age
drinking, over crowding, poor management of the environment within the venue,
alongside irresponsible promotions and the selling of alcohol to drunks.
In Liverpool North we have a drugs test on arrest policy for crimes of violence
and disorder in the City Centre, and analysis of our data shows that an average
of 40% of those arrested for disorder, or violence, tested positive for cocaine.
Merseyside Police is committed to reducing violent crime and making the streets
safe and will not tolerate the open dealing and use of drugs at night time
venues in our City. We will visibly and robustly confront those who commit these
types of offences.
This is not a victimless crime. Drug dealers are exploiting young, vulnerable
people and selling them illegal drugs. In some instances those who have brought
drugs such as GBL (which is actually an alloy wheel cleaner) have required
hospital treatment and we are fortunate that there have been no fatalities.
With 4 universities based in the City, many young people who are away from home
for the 1st time find themselves enjoying the night life the City has to offer.
We will be working with Universities in the City in the coming days to warn
students about the dangers that drugs and chemicals can have, particularly if
mixed with alcohol, or other substances."
During the raid, 2 men, aged 19 and 20, from West Derby and Birkenhead
respectively arrested inside the club on suspicion possession and supply of
Then on Wednesday, 18 February 2015, after hearing the submissions from both the
Police and representatives of the club, District Judge Richard Clancy, at
Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates Court, ordered that the club be closed for a
period of 3 months.
Chief Supt Jon Ward, told the media that:- "Sadly, we have been given no
option, but to take this action. Over the last few months officers have found
that Class A drugs and other substances, were being dealt within the club.
Whilst recognising that Garlands is well known within the City no premises is
above the law. My number 1 priority is to make sure people coming into the City
remain safe and are not exposed to the dangers that drug dealing presents.
Merseyside Police is committed to making the streets safe and will not tolerate
the open dealing and use of drugs at night time venues in our City. We will
visibly and robustly confront those who commit these types of offences. This is
not a victimless crime. Drug dealers are exploiting young, vulnerable people and
selling them illegal drugs. We want people to enjoy their experience of
Liverpool and don't want them to fall prey to unscrupulous drug dealers, who are
only interested in lining their pockets."
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Gong Hey Fat
oldest Chinese community in Europe,
in Liverpool's Chinatown, are getting
ready to celebrate the arrival of the
new year. Celebrate the Year of the
Goat, the local Chinese Community groups
and other organisations will be holding
a a series of arts and cultural events,
with the main event being held on
Sunday, 22 February 2015.
On Sunday, the street festivities will
be packed with activities for young and
old to watch and also take part in, all
around China Town.
The main attractions though will be on
Sunday, by the Chinese Arch that is the
biggest outside of China:-
11.00am - Chinese New Year Market Starts
(Great George Street)
12.00 noon - Dragon & Lion Street
1.00pm - Spectacular Firecracker Display
(Great George Square)
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