How we use Cookies

Solihull Council acts after drugs and knives are found at nightspot

Apres in Solihull was ordered to cut opening hours and scrap a weekly event called Snow following police raids which revealed the use of cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis.

Apres in Solihull
Apres in Solihull

Police have revealed “serious concerns” over security at a Solihull nightspot after drugs and knives were found inside.

Apres was ordered to cut opening hours and scrap a weekly event called Snow following police raids which revealed the use of cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis.

Now the venue has been hit with a string of other restrictions after Solihull Council licensing bosses were told that knives had been seized inside.

Drugs dogs will be used regularly while body cameras will be worn by door staff and airport-style metal detectors will be installed.

Up to 40 police officers raided apres early on December 12 – when around 300 revellers were inside.

Swabs revealed evidence of cocaine use in staff and bar areas and two knives, described as ‘not for kitchen use’, were seized.

Sgt Tim Evans, of Solihull police, told the council’s licensing committee: “There were real initial concerns following a significant amount of drugs that were found when the warrant was executed.

“But we are confident that following this interim period, apres management have done everything they can to restore our faith in the club.”

Sgt Evans also praised the positive way the club’s management had worked with police before and after the raid.

PC Mark Climer added the club was attracting people associated with drug use and there was also a problem with violence, particularly on the door.

He said the Thursday night Snow event seemed to be attracting the trouble.

The licencing committee report said: “West Midlands Police has serious concerns about both the level of violence and disorder occurring and the risk present highlighted by the seizure of knives from within the premises.

“lt is accepted the premises may not have known about the knives, however there is a concern that door staff aren’t able to control the premises sufficiently to manage the risk present to the public.

“West Midlands Police is also concerned about the level of drug use within the premise including the possibility of dealing.”

Licencing committee members agreed to allow the club to revert to normal operating hours, subject to the new conditions being implemented.

The club’s management said they decided to close the weekend after the warrant was issued.

As a result of the reduced opening hours over the Christmas period they revealed profits were down by around £100,000.

 

Journalists

Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
Multimedia Journalist
Full newsroom contact details
Tell us what's happening in your area.