Coventry police are to set to extend a new drugs and security
policy across the city.
The force has been studying the search and confiscation policy of
the SkyDome entertainment complex and is now hoping other clubs will
follow in its footsteps.
The £40 million complex, which contains a nine-screen cinema, two
nightclubs, a café bar and a live entertainment venue, has, according
to a senior city policeman, set new standards in club crime
Superintendent Neil Goosey said the force had studied SkyDome and a
sister complex in Hemel Hempstead and is now using its methods in
"We were extremely satisfied with the responsible way Rank
Leisure implemented their policies on security and drugs.
"The complex has new owners in Northern Leisure and they
have indicated they are following the same policies. The complex has
become a driving force on the issue in the city and has certainly
set the standards.
"We have seen their operation elsewhere and we are very keen
for their culture of zero tolerance to be extended to every venue in
the city so that people who peddle and use drugs know that they will
not be welcome in the city.
"We are using some of the SkyDome methods in our training
courses and hope to roll out the same policy across the city."
SkyDome opened in October and has welcomed well over 250,000
visitors. Thirty-one people have been arrested for drugs possession
and related offences, while 21 have been arrested for public order
The SkyDome management has handed 30 CCTV video tapes to the police
to use as evidence and also captured some instances of criminal damage
in Spon Street. Again the evidence has been passed to the police.
SkyDome manager Ian Knight said:
"A lot of money was invested in security when the complex
was built and we have 146 CCTV cameras across the site. Our drugs
policy is simple – we do not tolerate them.
"We employ registered door staff who are trained in search
procedures and while we are rigorous in our screening, people are
"People on a night out want to know that they will be safe
and secure and able to enjoy themselves in that type of environment.
We find that our customers are appreciative of our methods.
"We also have very close liaison with the police who have
been very supportive of everything we are trying to achieve. There
is a strong moral responsibility on clubs and pubs to provide a safe
environment for their customers and in our book that means no
Northern Leisure has also won acclaim for their Club Culture
evenings which introduce 14-17 year olds to club life in an