BUSTED: An Eyewitness Account of the Police Raid That Closed Eric’s Club, Liverpool.
Above Photo: “We swear to see no evil – well, ours at any rate…”
Everyone who went to Eric’s or who hung around Liverpool city centre in the late 1970s and early 1980s will have their own tales to tell about the culture of harassment, perjury, corruption, extortion and criminality inside Merseyside Police. Hopefully things have changed, but back then Merseyside police were a disgrace.
One of the most famous Punk and New Wave clubs in the world, Liverpool’s Eric’s, was raided and closed by a misconceived, almost certainly corruption-driven police raid in March 1980, and yet there has hardly been anything written about it to date.
This is the first of two articles containing eyewitness accounts of the raid that closed Eric’s. It’s an interview with Gary Ledwidge who was arrested that night and who was prosecuted the following day.
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