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Met Police Deny Fabric Closure Was Revenge
Christian Eede , September 20th, 2016 13:27

Islington Police Commander denies accusations that move to close the club were revenge for past disputes

The Metropolitan Police have denied accusations that their recent successful move to revoke fabric's license was an act of revenge after past failures to place restrictive measures on the club's operations.

Last December, fabric won a court appeal over the Met after the police force tried to force the club to introduce sniffer dogs and ID scanners as well as other security measures on entrance to the club. At the time, District Judge Allison described the club as a "beacon of best practice". Now, just nine months later, they have been forced to close following the Metropolitan Police's successful push to strip the club of its license.

Speaking to BBC Radio 1, Islington Police Commander Nick Davies said: "I have only been working in Islington since May, so for me to say it's a vendetta, I don't think so. I had no knowledge of Cameron [Leslie] before this period. But there have been two deaths on my watch, which makes me have to do something."

fabric is currently in the process of gathering donations to help in what is expected to be a costly appeal against the revoking of its license. Check out our recent piece on 'Fabric's Closure & The Rise Of A New British Puritanism' here.

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