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Court bid to reopen Fabric is backed by ex-police chief

Almost £320,000 has been raised by Fabric supporters to fund the legal battle.

12 November, 2016 — By Joe Cooper

The Fabric nightclub’s appeal hearing begins later this month

A FORMER police chief inspector is backing Fabric nightclub’s bid to reopen.

Adrian Studd’s written statement is one of 41 submitted by lawyers for the Farringdon club ahead of the appeal hearing, which begins on November 28.

Mr Studd, now an independent licensing consultant, was a Met police officer for 30 years. He was in charge of licensing for the 2012 London Olympics.

Fabric’s licence was withdrawn in September after the Met forced a review following two ecstasy-related deaths over summer. Officers described it as a “safe haven” for illegal drug use, something Fabric strongly rejects.

At the end of last month a judge ruled that the identity of the undercover officers who visited Fabric to gather evidence will be revealed in court.

Gary Kilbey, the club’s managing director, said this week that it had suggested 32 new licence conditions to ensure Fabric operates to a “gold standard” if it wins the appeal at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.

He added: “Fabric have submitted a new 155-page operational policies and procedures manual, setting out in great detail the security, welfare and medical facilities to be provided at the club, together with the management and audit procedures to ensure they are operated to the highest standard.”

Drug welfare expert Professor Fiona Measham, who gave evidence at the hearing where the club’s licence was withdrawn, has also submitted a statement.

Almost £320,000 has been raised by Fabric supporters to fund the legal battle. The nightspot has secured the services of leading licensing barrister Philip Kolvin QC.

Separately from the appeal, Fabric bosses were invited to provide written evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act.

Their evidence contains 12 recommendations for changes in law and guidance so that, when problems arise, club closure is only used as a measure of last resort.

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