A Birmingham City Council licensing sub-committee has revoked The Rainbow Venues‘ licence, following the death of 19-year-old student Michael Trueman in October.

Following the second drug-related tragedy at the troubled venue in only two years, The Rainbow Venues license has today been revoked by a licensing sub-committee, following a meeting between the West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council.

It was announced at a hearing this afternoon that The Rainbow Venues have had their licence revoked.

The ruling, which has shocked many across the region’s live music circuit, came after teenager Michael Trueman tragically died after allegedly taking drugs at a Halloween-themed party at the nightclub.

It was announced at a hearing this afternoon that The Rainbow Venues have had their licence revoked.Rainbow Venues
It was announced at a hearing this afternoon that The Rainbow Venues have had their licence revoked.
The Rainbow Venues' license had been suspended since November 2, in light of the death being the second drug-related tragedy in two years at the venue.Rainbow Venues
The Rainbow Venues’ license had been suspended since November 2, in light of the death being the second drug-related tragedy in two years at the venue.

The 19-year-old had gone with friends to Rainbow Venues, off Lower Trinity Street, on Sunday 29 October, but was discovered in a disoriented state by a security officer inside the club at around 11.30pm and taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital, but died the following evening.

West Midlands Police applied for an expedited review of the Rainbow Live Music Venue that same week and suspended its licence following the incident.

A Birmingham City Council licensing sub-committee has revoked The Rainbow Venues' licence, following the death of 19-year-old student Michael Trueman (pictured) in October, after he attended a Halloween-themed event at the venueHandout
A Birmingham City Council licensing sub-committee has revoked The Rainbow Venues’ licence, following the death of 19-year-old student Michael Trueman (pictured) in October, after he attended a Halloween-themed event at the venue

At the time, the hearing was told the teenager was understood to have taken the drug MDMA.

PC Abdool Rohomon told licensing sub-committee members:

“The young man went to the event with friends who told officers he had never taken drugs before.

“They said he was in the toilet and, when he returned, his demeanour had changed. They described him as being unsteady. They said he was swaying and disoriented.

There have been two drug-related deaths at The Rainbow Venues in Birmingham in as many yearsRainbow Venues
There have been two drug-related deaths at The Rainbow Venues in Birmingham in as many years

“He was taken to a medical tent by security and an ambulance was called. He said he had taken MDMA and he sadly passed away less than 24 hours later, at 8.20pm on Monday.

“The senior nurse said initial blood screens showed high levels of MDMA in his bloodstream.”

According to friends, Trueman had told paramedics there was “something blue in his drink” before he slipped in to a coma and subsequently died in hospital.

The Rainbow Venues’ license had been suspended since November 2, in light of the death being the second drug-related tragedy in two years at the venue.

In 2015, 18-year-old Dylan Booth had also died at the venue during a New Year’s event.

The Rainbow Venues company run several venues in the Digbeth area, including The Rainbow Warehouse, Crane, Blackbox and SpotlightRainbow Venues
The Rainbow Venues company run several venues in the Digbeth area, including The Rainbow Warehouse, Crane, Blackbox and Spotlight
The Rainbow Venues company run several venues in the Digbeth area, including The Rainbow Warehouse, Crane, Blackbox and SpotlightRainbow Venues
The Rainbow Venues company run several venues in the Digbeth area, including The Rainbow Warehouse, Crane, Blackbox and Spotlight

The Rainbow Venues company run several venues in the Digbeth area, including The Rainbow Warehouse, Crane, Blackbox and Spotlight. The status of forthcoming venue events, or if the venue will appeal within its 21-day window, is presently unclear.

The full report on the the BCC decision to revoke The Rainbow Venues’ license will be released later today.

How the public are responding…

As soon as news broke of The Rainbow Venues’ license being revoked by Birmingham City Council, many took to social media to vent, either supporting the decision or challenging it – using the hashtag #Rainbow License.

https://twitter.com/RachaelvsWorld/status/93555440172029952

https://twitter.com/IAmBirmingham/status/935570468035268609

 

More updates as we get them.

 

 

 

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