Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CLUB BACKED AFTER 'ECSTASY' TRAGEDY ; Victim Dies and Five Left in hospitalMan Critical after Second Incident

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

CLUB BACKED AFTER 'ECSTASY' TRAGEDY ; Victim Dies and Five Left in hospitalMan Critical after Second Incident

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PUB and club chiefs have defended the Warehouse Project rave venue after a man died, another was left critically ill and five others were rushed to hospital after taking drugs.

Nick Bonnie, 30, died and four of his friends were taken to hospital after attending the superclub's annual launch on Friday.

It is believed they took ecstasy from a 'bad batch' of the illegal drug which police believe was dangerously contaminated. It is understood they obtained it at the club on Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park. Mr Bonnie was from Gloucestershire.

A woman was also admitted to hospital after taking ecstasy within the venue, although she is believed to have acquired it elsewhere.

A suspected drug dealer, 25, from Greater Manchester, is critically ill in hospital after swallowing 12 snap-bags of drugs at the venue on Saturday.

Police will talk to the management to review security at the club, but are not expected to review the club's licence. A top police chief told the M.E.N. it was a 'well-run' venue. And a spokesman for the Manchester Pub and Club Network agreed.

He said: "From what we know of this company and their history, it is plain to see that this hugely popular and well-established venue is run professionally and efficiently by the operator and the security firm involved. Whilst in no way trying to reduce or trivialise venues' responsibilities in running good premises, there is only so much that they can do."

Blackley and Broughton MP Graham Stringer said: "It's very difficult for clubs to ensure that they are completely drug-free, but licensing authorities should look at this and make sure that the club management are doing everything they can to make sure there's no dealing on the premises. An investigation should not be dismissed out of hand."

Officers were examining a powdered substance handed over by the dead man's friends to establish if it is ecstasy or another drug. Detectives suspect it may have come from a 'bad batch' of the drug, which dealers often cut with dangerous chemicals to boost their profits. Chief Supt Mark Roberts, divisional commander for Trafford, said: "This once again highlights the dangers associated with taking illegal drugs. …

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