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NIGHTCLUB TO CLOSE FOR GOOD; Venue goes bust after drug complaints.

Byline: JENNIFER HYLAND jennifer.hyland@dailyrecord.co.uk

GLASGOW'S Arches nightclub has gone into administration.

Bosses at the popular city nightspot announced the decision after taking legal advice.

They confirmed they will now begin appointing administrators for the Arches Theatre and Arches Retail Company.

The closure comes after the city council announced in April that they were cutting the venue's licensed hours - forcing them to close at midnight - after police complaints on drug abuse and disorder.

Regane MacColl, 17, of Clydebank, died in February last year after reportedly taking drugs at The Arches.

After the decision on licensing hours, more than 37,000 people signed a petition and 400 leading creative figures - including Makar Liz Lochhead, novelist Irvine Welsh and members of Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand - signed an open letter backing The Arches.

Arches chairman Gordon Kennedy said: "The board have taken professional advice and are left with no choice than to begin appointing administrators.

"This decision has been taken with deep regret as it will have a major impact on our staff, business partners, customers and on Glasgow's night-time economy.

"This is a very sad day for The Arches and for the city of Glasgow."

The city council's licensing board said the decision to cut The Arches' hours came after evidence of "200 drug-related incidents detailed, as well as numerous call-outs to the ambulance service".

But Scottish Green Party leader Patrick Harvie said the loss of the venue was "entirely avoidable", adding: "I'm disappointed the city council decided to force The Arches into this position."

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