POLICE have targeted customers of Great Harwood nightclub Monroe's for the third time in a month, with another stop-and-search operation last Saturday night.
Drugs and offensive weapons, including knives and screwdrivers, were seized from people in the Wood Street and Balfour Street areas of town, close to the nightclub.
A total of 176 people and vehicles were searched by teams of officers from Great Harwood police, and road check-points were set up. Twelve people were arrested as a result of the operation, including a disqualified driver and a man who had failed to appear in court.
The swoop was part of Operation Escort, an ongoing crackdown on customers at the club following a series of violent incidents. Two fights have broken out in recent months and police feared someone could be killed.
Inspector John O'Reilly, who has co-ordinated the three raids, said: "This is an ongoing operation, and we will continue to stop and search people that are heading in the direction of Monroe's.
"Monroe's itself isn't our problem, but we are generally concerned about the safety of the people who use the club. If we can stop weapons and drugs going into the premises, then that is all the better for them."
The club, which does not have a drinks licence, caters for dance music fans and is open from late on Saturday night until breakfast time on Sunday.
Owner Ian Jackson has said that he supports the police action and has publicly invited them to extend their searches to the club premises.