Private medics to be hired at drug death club

A NIGHTCLUB where a teenager collapsed shortly before her death is hiring emergency medics.

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The Arches' nightclub is hiring emergency medics for events
The Arches' nightclub is hiring emergency medics for events

Bosses at The Arches are taking on private paramedics for popular "club nights."

Regane MacColl, 17, who collapsed at the club and died in hospital hours later, is thought to have taken a fake ecstasy pill, labelled Mortal Kombat.

Another clubber was taken to hospital after taking the same pills.

The Arches confirmed the paramedics are brought in for busy events, which can attract hundreds of revellers.

A Glasgow Licensing Board report revealed, "three paramedics who are supplied by an outside agency," were in the premises on the night Ms MacColl died.

The admission that the venue employs private paramedics comes after club bosses made a U-turn on a strict over-21s only entry policy.

Following Ms MacColl's death, Arches' bosses vowed to tighten up security to crackdown on drug use.

But, earlier this week, they revealed the venue was reinstating its over-18s door policy.

The move comes on the back of a turbulent few months for the city centre venue.

Fourteen men were arrested over alleged drug offences during a raid at the Midland Street nightclub on March 1.

As reported by the Evening Times, a 39-year-old man collapsed after taking ecstasy outside the club.

It is understood he was being searched by club staff when he fell to the ground.

Police sniffer dogs have also been brought in to search all club-goers.

A statement released by the venue read: "We are working closely with Police Scotland.

"The Arches operates a strict zero tolerance drugs policy and is committed to protecting the health and safety of its customers, whom we urge to act responsibly at all times."

Police ordered a review of The Arches' licence in the wake of Ms MacColl's death on February 1.

But Glasgow City Council Licensing Board chairman Bill Butler agreed to let the venue keep its alcohol licence as long as bosses worked with police.

After the licensing review, club bosses said they would ban under-21s, even though that was not a condition of keeping their licence.

Councillors heard schoolgirl Regane, from Duntocher, Dunbartonshire, used a fake ID to enter the club.

Management also agreed to strict recommendations set out by police, including a search of all clubbers and hi-tech identity scanning equipment.

rebecca.gray@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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