Merseyside Police can confirm that today (Wednesday, 18 February) a full application was made by the force for a closure order in relation to Garlands nightclub on Eberle Street, Liverpool, at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates Court.

After hearing the submissions from both the police and representatives of the club District Judge Richard Clancy ordered the club to be closed for a period of three months.

Chief Supt Jon Ward, said: “We note the decision of the court today. Sadly, we have been given no option but to take this action. Over the last few months officers have found that Class A drugs and other substances, were being dealt within the club.

“Whilst recognising that Garlands is well known within the city no premises is above the law. My number one priority is to make sure people coming into the city remain safe and are not exposed to the dangers that drug dealing presents.

“Merseyside Police is committed to making the streets safe and will not tolerate the open dealing and use of drugs at night time venues in our city. We will visibly and robustly confront those who commit these types of offences.

“This is not a victimless crime. Drug dealers are exploiting young, vulnerable people and selling them illegal drugs.

“We want people to enjoy their experience of Liverpool and don’t want them to fall prey to unscrupulous drug dealers, who are only interested in lining their pockets.”Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 or 07930717137

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