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Hereford nightclub pledges action on drugs
A Hereford nightclub with an “unwanted reputation for drugs misuse” says it has taken significant steps to stop the problem.
The boss of the Jailhouse was brought before a licensing committee this week following more than 40 instances of disorder and drug use at or near the Gaol Street club since January last year.
Matters reached a head in August when three clubbers were found to be under the influence of the illegal drug ketamine.
Police licensing officer Jim Mooney said the venue had gained an “unwanted reputation for drugs misuse” and detailed a long list of offences recorded at the premises over the past 18 months.
But premises licence holder Steven Harrison told the Herefordshire Council’s regulatory sub-committee that he has since changed his door staff supplier and now searches every customer.
He has also hired a drug search dog and will soon replace the designated premises supervisor (DPS).
The change of door team and the increase in searches has, according to the police, seen an increase in drug detection.
Mr Harrison said 48 people had been ejected from the club in the past three weeks, with 22 refused entry.
Mr Mooney said it is “very pleasing Mr Harrison has taken this approach”.