93 Feet East To Close Down
, January 22nd, 2013 08:17
Shoreditch venue shuts doors for good following arrests for drugs offences last year
Brick Lane venue 93 Feet East will be shutting its doors for the final time, having had its licence taken away by local authorities.
The club closed temporarily following what the Stool Pigeon have described as a "Benny Hill-style police raid" in December, which saw nine people arrested on charges, including two on suspicion of drug dealing and five on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs.
Tower Hamlets subsequently revoked the venue's alcohol and entertainment licence at a review earlier this month, leading to its permanent closure.
Speaking to The Evening Standard, Ohid Ahmed, deputy mayor of Tower Hamlets, says: "The decision on 93 Feet East’s licence demonstrates that we are prepared to take swift and decisive action if bars are found to be allowing drug dealing and drug misuse."
"Through continued partnership working between the council and police, including the dealer a day initiative, we will continue to go the extra mile to tackle drug dealing in our community."
The raid, which you can watch footage of below, was part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Condor, a clampdown on crimes infringing on licensing laws, which resulted in the execution of 44 warrants and 173 arrests, as well as the closure of 21 other venues including pubs, saunas and massage parlours.
The club is part of the Old Truman Brewery complex, owned by brothers Ofer and Jason Zeloof, which also includes Rough Trade East.