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Friday, 20 April, 2001, 13:24 GMT 14:24 UK
Home nightclub to reopen
Clubbers at a London nightclub
London is known as one of the world's clubbing centres
London's Home nightclub will reopen after being shut by police last month.

Westminster Council has reinstated the club's licence after withdrawing it when police found "open" drug dealing.

But they have imposed strict conditions and told the club that if it does not stick to them, it will be shut again.

Home, on London's Leicester Square
Home: One of Leicester Square's landmarks
The club's owners, the Big Beat group, went into receivership as a result of the club's closure.

Among the conditions imposed are more rigorous searching of clubbers and better security procedures. There must also be no admission to the club after 1am.

Carl Powell, Westminster Council's director of planning and transportation, said their actions should act as a "clear message" to the nightclub industry that ineffective management which allows drug dealing will not be tolerated.

"There must be zero tolerance to drug use or supply at the premises and these conditions are aimed at deterring potential drug dealers," he said.

"The City Council regard the licence holder as on probation and we, together with the police, will keep a close eye on the effectiveness of the new arrangements."

There has been no indication of when the club, on Leicester Square, will reopen.

Receivers

It was shut at the end of March after an undercover police investigation found "open and serious class A drug dealing and usage".

Two weeks later, its parent company, Glasgow-based Big Beat, was forced to call in receivers.

Big Beat operates 23 clubs, bars and hotels in Britain and Australia which are being kept open as going concerns.

The receivers, KPMG Recovery, are looking for a buyer for the group as a whole or in parts.

A spokesman said: "KPMG welcome the decision and are considering their options."

Home is Big Beat's flagship venue, and was heralded as one of the largest nightclubs in the country when it opened in 1999.

The "superclub" has since hosted a number of celebrity parties and high-profile events.

The club will continue to plan the musical policy for the three Homelands dance music festivals in England, Scotland and Ireland, which are due to take place this summer.

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