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Telford nightclub swabs revellers for drugs

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Hundreds of revellers were screened for drugs as they walked into a Shropshire nightclub in a police crackdown. Hundreds of revellers were screened for drugs as they walked into a Shropshire nightclub in a police crackdown. Clubbers going into Club Crush in Telford town centre were last night faced with a swabbing machine to test for illegal drugs. The Ion Track machine gives results of any drugs people may have been in contact with before going into the club. Police officers, community support officers and special constables joined the operation by providing high visibility policing throughout the night.

Hundreds of revellers were screened for drugs as they walked into a Shropshire nightclub in a police crackdown.

Clubbers going into Club Crush in Telford town centre were last night faced with a swabbing machine to test for illegal drugs.

The Ion Track machine gives results of any drugs people may have been in contact with before going into the club.

Police officers, community support officers and special constables joined the operation by providing high visibility policing throughout the night.

The operation was launched with the backing of club bosses and door staff.

Similar operations have previously been done at Pussycats in Wellington.

Inspector Keith Gee, of the central local policing team, said the operation was run in partnership with Vox and Club Crush.

He hailed the operation a success after 250 people were swabbed for drugs. He said 50 people tested positive but no arrests were made.

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Mr Gee said officers had gathered vital intelligence for future investigations.

He said: "This type of operation sends out a clear message that illegal drug use has no place in the pubs and clubs of Telford.

"People who use such drugs are not welcome and the police and club managers and licensees will not tolerate such behaviour.

"We want people to have a good time and enjoy the borough's night time economy in a safe way."

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