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Three men have been arrested after police raided two gay nightclubs in Vauxhall.

Police received tip-offs that drugs were being sold while nearby residents also complained over a rise in anti-social behaviour outside the clubs.

According to the Evening Standard, police stormed Fire and Lightbox in Vauxhall, London, in the early hours of Friday morning.

Two 30-year-old men, one of which was a staff member at Lightbox, were arrested on suspicion of class A drugs.

A third man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Chief Inspector Lance Lamnea said: “This operation was based on intelligence that indicated harmful substances were being sold at these nightclubs.

“We are committed to supporting a vibrant night time economy in the capital, but where we suspect offences are taking place we must take swift action to protect the public.

“In this case, anti-social behaviour – believed to be generated by those attending clubs – has been having a detrimental effect on the lives of those living and working in the area.

“We will be working closely with both the clubs’ management and our partners to ensure the continuing safety of the public and consider whether there will be any impact on licensing issues.”

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