Is enough done to stop drugs being used in Manchester clubs?

The use of drugs in nightclubs is becoming a concerning trend amongst young people, with it being a common occurrence for illegal drugs to be used on a night out for some.  Particular clubs have gained a reputation in Manchester for their lenient  security policies, allowing more business from those looking to take drugs on their night out. The risks have been shown from this type of behaviour; With drug related deaths hitting record highs, making it questioned why their use is so common in clubs with security on the door.

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When commenting on the issue Greater Manchester Police suggested they “Don’t believe that Greater Manchester has an increasing problem with these so called party drugs”. However despite this comment in 2015 there was a record number of deaths from MDMA, suggesting that either use of the drug is up or it is more dangerous for the people taking it than ever before. It appears that the party drug trend will not disappear as it grows in popularity and danger, making it troubling that the police haven’t t acknowledged the growing trend and some clubs offer little security to at least stop its use on their property.

The issue of poor drugs control made national news when London nightclub Fabric was shut down due to the level of drugs being taken in the club came to the attention of police after the death of two teenagers. Considering it took such a terrible series of events to gain the attention of the police to discover that “procedures in relation to searching were insufficient to prevent the consumption and dealing of drugs within the club” it appears most clubs will get away with their relaxed security procedures.  Seeing as the closing of Fabric was an uncommon occurrence, it shows that not much is done to clubs with a reputation for allowing drugs use on their properties. However popular opinion felt that the club Fabric were not responsible for their customers using drugs while on the property suggesting that some feel the security are not responsible for the decisions of their customers. This lead to a large petition to save the club from closure, eventually resulting its reopening under new and stricter licensing rules that would be overmatched by the police. New rules to be implemented when the club reopens includes more thorough CCTV monitoring and lifetime bans for anyone caught asking for drugs.

As well as London the problem of drug use appears to be making news in Manchester as the problem grows, recently a teenage girl died after visiting a Manchester nightclub when taking drugs in the venue. Evidently, the clubs that have been punished aren’t the only ones failing to stop club goers from taking dangerous drugs while in their club. To some extent there is certainly an issue with security, some clubs appear to work hard at searching those entering in comparison to others that have a reputation for minor security checks and issues with bribery.

Despite some clubs best efforts to prevent drugs use it appears to be an impossible task to completely irradiate it. Due to a growing culture of taking drugs such as MDMA that are easy to hide it has made it difficult for the use of security dogs and screening processes to catch everyone. Some have argued that due to the culture of taking party drugs some will take the drugs no matter what, explaining why some clubs feel there is no need lose business to try and stop the inevitable

So who is at fault for the influx of drug use in clubs? Is it the security being too relaxed about searches, or it it the fault of those who will stop at nothing to sneak them in? In my opinion both have some level of responsibility for the problem, some security guards do very little to prevent drugs entering clubs. Though on the other hand those who sneak drugs in to clubs make it very difficult for security to catch them, making it hard even for those doing the best job they can to stop them. Despite it being arguable that people will do whatever it takes to get drugs in, it appears some clubs in Manchester may need sanctions put on them similar to Fabric to at least reduce the amount of drugs taken on their premises.

To find out how other students felt about clubs securities, I had a short conversation about the problem of drug use in Manchester.


You might be interested in:

Article: How the party drug trend has grown in Britain

VIDEO: Party drugs documentary based in Leeds

Article: A story of corruption from the perspective of a bouncer


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Where to go in Manchester: A students guide for every night of the week

Living on a student budget can be difficult if you’re looking to go out with friends and enjoy your night. This guide will help you save money while still making the best of your time at uni.

Monday- Quids In

  • Where? Factory

  • Area: Oxford Road

  • Time: 11pm-4am

  • Entry: £1 before 11:30pm. £3 before 12pm. £4 after

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It’s very difficult to pick which night is the best to visit Factory, with it becoming very popular on most nights of the week for students. Quids in is a cheap night for most people to enjoy, offering three different floors that plays a range of music from house to indie- meaning everyone you go with will have a good time! Due to its attraction for students lines get long very quickly, so make sure you aren’t left waiting outside in the cold and arrive early.


Tuesday- Taboo

  • Where? Tiger Tiger

  • Area: Northern Quarter

  • Time: 10pm-3am

  • Entry:£3

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Often if a club is part of a chain it can be boring and overpriced, this is far from the case with Taboo. Every Tuesday students flock to Tiger Tiger to take advantage of the unbelievably cheap drinks and a wide selection of great DJs. The venue is absolutely massive, meaning there are more relaxed bars to have a chat as well as the choice of 3 different rooms all with different styles of music and DJs on offer- totally worth the hangover in the morning.


Wednesday- Hot Mess

  • Where? Revolution

  • Area: Deansgate Locks

  • Time: 10pm-3am

  • Entry: £4 before 11:30pm, £5 after

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One of the busiest student nights in Manchester, Deansgate Locks is always heaving with students when Hot Mess is on. Cheap drinks and good DJ’s mean Revolution is often filled to capacity, making the atmosphere every Wednesday something that can’t be missed.


Thursday- Zoo

  • Where? Fifth

  • Area: Princess Street

  • Time: 10:30pm-3am

  • Entry: Free before 12pm. £3 after

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Zoo is one of the best nights out for students on a serious budget, with ridiculously cheap drinks available all night. With a choice from cheesy pop music to hip hop and r&b, Zoo is bound to make your midweek more exciting. Make sure you bring your student card, so  that you can get in for the cheapest entry price available.


Friday- Orderly Conduct

  • Where? Ark

  • Area: Deansgate Locks

  • Time: 10pm-3am

  • Entry:£3 before 11pm, £6 after

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Next door to Revolution, Ark in Deansgate offers one of the best value Friday nights available. Orderly Conduct is the perfect place to go at the end of a stressful week. A mix of popular r&b music is played on the top floor and if that isn’t to your taste there is another DJ downstairs providing dance and house music all night ; This is definitely not a night out to be missed!


Weekend- Student pubs

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The weekend can be a nightmare for students, clubs double their prices to make money off of those who actually have jobs; Making it too expensive to enjoy the luxury every weekend. But do not fret, there are a massive amount of cheap pubs in Manchester for you to enjoy with your mates that you may not visit during the week. Compared to the steep prices of clubs there are reasonably priced pubs that students tend to gravitate to. A personal favourite of mine is The Courtyard, which as its name suggests has a large courtyard for when Manchester’s weather permits it. On a regular weekend you can predict cheap drinks, sports on the big screen and music of your choice thanks to the jukebox.


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Road works cause chaos for buses on Oxford Road

Despite councils aim to modernise Europe’s busiest bus route, commuters are currently opting to walk instead of face delays.

 

Long lines of traffic can be seen all along Oxford Road, with delays on buses continuing due to ongoing roadworks.The aim of the current works is to change the road into a bus only zone during the daytime- allowing quick and cheap transport throughout the city. However, people looking to use the buses will have to wait- with one commuter claiming “It’s easier to walk”.

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Poll reveals lower voting age would have affect on Brexit decision

Lowering the Brexit voting age to 16 would’ve had an impact on exit polls, recent surveys have shown.

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Although it was initially suggested to match the Scottish referendums voting age, young people under the age of 18 were not allowed a voice in what could be the biggest decision of their lifetime. According to polling data from YouGov, 75% of 18- to 24-year-olds voted to remain in the European Union, suggesting that voters under the age of 18 would have narrowed the voting margin to remain. We spoke to the teenagers who weren’t allowed to vote on their opinion.

“I would have voted to remain, but I wasn’t old enough to vote at the time. We should have been given a choice on what will future.”-  Taylor,18

The inclusion of 1.6 million potential citizens to the electorate aged 16-17 proposes the idea that many that will be affected couldn’t vote, as one teenager argued:

” I know a lot of  young people would have wanted to vote if they were educated on the topic, which I don’t think many were.”- Tia,18

Despite protests against the current referendum, it appears unlikely that young people with have another chance to vote with the submission of Article 50 being prepared.

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Chartism at The People’s History Museum

I was recently given the opportunity to visit The People’s History Museum in order to research the Chartists with the rest of my journalism group. The museum had a fantastic amount of artefacts in able to do this, with a massive amount of printed pieces to research as well as items related to the Chartists.

Some of the most striking sources of information were the unlicensed newimg_2341spapers which would report the progress of the Chartists movement. Many of these newspapers risked prosecution and refused to pay stamp duty in order to spread their message cheaply. This was certainly an effective way for them to reach their working class audience, meaning they could report unbiased news and organise protests with people involved in their movement.

Other content available in the museums archives that I found useful were the large number of letters used for contact between Chartists. It showed that although newspapers were effective way to communicate to a large amount of Chartists, there was still a big need for private conversations between figureheads across Britain. Many of the letters spoke about organisation of protests and the successful numbers of marches, which could be passed on through leaders of local Chartist organisations and workers unions.

Some of the other notable artefacts that the museum offered were a variety of banners used in protest, which had been restored with their on site facilities. One of the most interesting of these was one of the oldest trade union banners in the world- not only because of its age but because it stressed the social unrest of the working class during the time period. Many working class people felt they not only deserved to vote but  were also being treated unfairly in the workplace, making the organisation of unions that could be identified with banners more unified for their causes. liverpool-tinplate-workers-society-banner-1821-peoples-history-museum

After visiting The People’s History Museum I felt that I had learned a great deal as to how the Chartists used journalism to unify the working class- even if they had to break the law in the process. It was interesting to see how so many people could organise for a cause with the limitations that they had- showing the power that a group can have when working together for a cause.

 

 

 

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How are journalists using social media?

The introduction of social media into the newsroom has enabled journalists to interact with their readers and provide the content that they want.

Instagram

With 500 million monthly users Instagram has become a popular way for journalists to share their work globally with the aid of photography and short films to interest potential readers. Although it is difficult for journalists to directly profit from Instagram, it has become a useful tool to direct a large audience to their work. Despite this, not all major newspapers have shown interest, The Guardian is a good example of how a company can use standalone content for their Instagram account in order to direct a larger audience to more of their work. The Guardian effectively reach a larger audience by using hashtags, pulling in more potential readers that may not follow what The Guardian is publishing, but are interested in the subject matter.

One of the key advantages of social media is the ability to crowdsource, an excellent example of this is The Chicago Tribunes’s Instagram account which showcases work from the local community, further enforcing their status as a part of the local people. This is an effective way in which a local news source can get their readers involved and gain customer loyalty.

Instagram has proven itself to be a very useful tool for journalists with its ability to help connect with both current readers as well as reaching out to a wider audience that they may have never achieved before. I could take advantage of this for my assignment in order to reach a greater amount of people that will be interested. With the aid of the photography I use for my articles posting my work on Instagram would be advantageous.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp has become a popular choice in instant messaging, with 1 in 7 people using the app. This has given journalists the tools to quickly contact other journalists and potential sources of information for an article.

The introduction of instant messaging has certainly been advantageous in finding information that may have been impossible to access previously. An appropriate example of it being used is how a journalist kept in contact with a 19 year old Syrian refugee travelling to Greece. WhatsApp has also proven an incredibly useful tool in other events of international crisis for journalists to contact those involved. During the Turkish military coup popular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter were reportedly blocked making instant messaging an essential way to keep the rest of the world updated.

Although WhatsApp may only appear as a simple instant messaging app, it has proven that its international reach has made it invaluable for journalists to get to the minute updates without the expense or danger of sending a news team to the other side of the world for a news story. I could use WhatsApp on a local level in order to network with other journalists and sources to help with my assignment.

 

 

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My first few weeks at MMU

After spending my first two weeks in Manchester it’s safe to say I love it already. It’s been some of the busiest weeks of my life; settling in, meeting new people, finding new places (and a bit of work as well).

Going out in Manchester

One of the first things that has struck me about Manchester is the amazing amount of options for what can be done here. Although it has mostly consistfriscoed of drinking there isn’t a night where you can complain there isn’t something to do here. My personal highlight so far has been experiencing The Warehouse Project: one of the most amazing nights out that I’ve had. A hectic night that boasted a lineup of grime artist such as Giggs, Wiley and Skepta- who is fresh from being awarded the Mercury Prize for his newest album. In what was originally an off the cuff decision by my flatmates the day before the event- we found ourselves seeing one of the most popular artists in the world right now in an abandoned car park- nights like this seem to happen a lot in Manchester.

So apart from going out, what else have I done?

I’m currently living in student halls with 12 other people, meaning I’ve spent a lot of my free time getting to meet new people. This has been one of the best experiences I’ve had moving away- as it isn’t always easy to meet so many new people without a good reason. So far everyone has been getting along really well, which has made settling in much easier. Although it may seem excessive having so many people living together, it’s nice to always have someone to chat with.

I’ve also met loads of new people on my course, there are students everywhere- especially in places like Oxford Road where there are always people busy with something going on.

I have also done some work

I’m currently starting my first year of Multimedia Journalism at Manchester Met, which I’m really enjoying so far. After the first week of introductions I’ve enjoyed the amount of practical assignments we have started that  include a bit of web design and writing- which I’m still a bit rusty at!

Overall, the last two weeks have been very tiring, but it’s still been very exciting nevertheless- which is why I’m looking forward to the next year.

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