Garlands drugs raid: Liverpool nightclub closed for three months

Garlands nightclub protest
Image caption Nightclub regulars wore colourful fancy dress for their protest outside Liverpool Magistrates Court

A Liverpool nightclub that was raided by police amid concerns about alleged drug dealing will remain closed for three months.

Officers stormed Garlands last Thursday night while 200 people were inside.

Merseyside Police successfully applied for a court order which means the Eberle Street venue will remain closed for three months.

The order was granted despite clubbers staging a fancy dress protest outside Liverpool Magistrates' Court.

Liverpool City Council's licensing committee will have to be consulted before the venue can reopen.

More than 2,500 people have signed an online petition calling for the club to be saved.

Image caption Police arrested two people on suspicion of drugs offences during the operation

About 140 officers took part in last week's raid, which resulted in the seizure of large quantities of controlled drugs.

Protester Bernie Foy said: "Drugs are illegal and it's not a good thing, but I don't know why they're picking on Garlands.

"This kind of thing goes on all round the country."

Two men aged 19 and 20, from West Derby and Birkenhead respectively, were arrested on suspicion of possessing and supplying controlled drugs.

They have since been bailed pending further inquiries.

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