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Lomax closed down by police

Cannabis, cocaine and two arrests in second wave of clubland clampdown

Published on February 14th 2015.

Lomax closed down by police

YESTERDAY it was Garlands, today the Lomax was shut down by Merseyside Police.

Ten bags of cannabis and cocaine was found in an early hours search of the Cumberland Street venue, say officers from Liverpool North, who said drugs were being openly dealt in the premises.

The raid marks the second phase of its investigation targeting "irresponsible" club and bar owners. 

"The closure of the Lomax on Cumberland Street follows an extensive operation over the last few months which looked at incidents of violence, and contributory factors, such as drug supply, in the night time economy," said a police statement.

"Two people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs and taken to police stations to be interviewed by detectives."

Chief Supt Jon Ward, said: "This is the second phase of an investigation targeting irresponsible licensed premises where violence, and contributory factors such as drugs and excess alcohol, have caused issues.

"It follows the closure last night of Garlands on Eberle Street.

"Sadly, we have been given no option but to take positive action at this premises this evening following an extensive operation. Over the last few months officers have found that Class A drugs and other substances, were being dealt within the club. Again it is clear that this venue does not adhere to the same high standards as other licensed premises in the city.

Today (Saturday, 14 February 2014) Merseyside Police were expected to make a formal application for a closure order (under Section 80 of Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014) to Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates Court.

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