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Republik closed down by police

Seven arrested in Bold St club as nightlife sting continues

Published on February 21st 2015.

Republik closed down by police

POLICE cracking down on drug dealing in Liverpool clubs and bars swept in and closed the Republik nightspot in the early hours of this morning.

It follows the closure last week of Garlands on Eberle Street and the Lomax on Cumberland Street.

All together, seven men were arrested in the Bold Street club.

Police say that after the closure they found "numerous bags of white powder believed to be class A controlled drugs".

"Officers from Liverpool North have overnight (Friday, 20 February 2015 in to Saturday 21 February 2015) closed a licensed premises in the city centre following an investigation which revealed that drugs were being dealt openly on the premises," a statement said.

Theclosure of Republik follows a lengthy operation by police over the last few months focusing on incidents of violence, and contributory factors, such as drug supply, in the night time economy. 


 Merseyside Police said: "Four males have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs, two males have been arrested on suspicion to supply class A controlled drugs and one male has been arrested for possession of class A controlled drugs and taken to police stations to be interviewed by detectives."

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

“Unfortunately, as a result of our investigations we had no option but to take positive action at Republik this evening. In the last year there have been a significant number of violent incidents within the club. And a subsequent investigation carried out by detectives has found that Class A drugs and other substances, were freely available 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."

In a statement on its Facebook page today, Republik said: "As you may have seen we are closed this evening unfortunately.

'We are shocked the Police felt the need to attend our venue and we await their findings with great interest.

"Rest assured will be making every effort to work with the local police to make the city centre safer in any way we can."

Today (Saturday, 21 February) Merseyside Police made 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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John BradleyFebruary 21st 2015.

Clubs like the Lomax, as well as every single pub, off licence and pharmacy, make their money out of drug dealing. That HMG during WW1 decided to blame the behaviour of some soldiers on various drugs rather than shell shock, and so using that logic made them illegal, say a lot about the ignorance of the past. That some people see that ill informed decision as a way of differentiating between good and bad, shows how little progress has been made in 100 years since WW1.

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AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

Damn those pharmacists always up to no good.

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