Buxton drugs raids: 14 people charged and bar closed

Beltane cafe bar, Buxton
Image caption The Beltane cafe bar was closed for 28 days under the Licensing Act

Fourteen people have been charged with supplying drugs, including cocaine and mephedrone, in Buxton, Derbyshire.

The Beltane cafe bar, on Hall Bank, has also had its licence suspended.

Police said they hoped to prevent a repeat of two apparent drug deaths in the town and nearby Chapel-en-le-Frith last December.

A total of 27 people were arrested, nine have been bailed and four released without charge.

The arrests were made during a "week of action" in the town last week, timed to coincide with the run up to Christmas.

The charges relate to the supply of class A and class B drugs, including mephedrone - also known as M-Cat - which is a powerful stimulant, closely related to amphetamines.

Large quantities of cash, suspected class A drugs and four vehicles were seized during a series of raids on properties in the town.

On Friday, Beltane was closed by magistrates for 28 days under the Licensing Act 2003.

Just before Christmas 2012, Dale Yates, 18, and Charlotte Woodiwiss, 20, were found dead.

The deaths were believed to be drugs related.

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