Drug trial link play centre has no licence

North Lanarkshire councillors upheld a police protest against Lindsay Clarke's licence.
North Lanarkshire councillors upheld a police protest against Lindsay Clarke's licence.

A children’s play complex named in drugs and money laundering charges is operating without a licence.

Councillors refused to renew Lindsay Clarke’s licence to run Rainforest Adventure in Motherwell after police objections.

Clarke (31) failed to attend a meeting of North Lanarkshire Council’s licensing sub-committee. She and her husband, Graham (35), are currently on trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

They are accused of being concerned in the supply of cocaine at Rainforest and other locations between 2006 and 2012.

It’s also alleged they overstated the income of the play centre business by almost £400,000 in a bid to hide dirty money and used drugs cash to buy homes in Larkhall and Spain. The couple deny the charges.

Rainforest claimed last month the Clarkes are no longer involved and the centre has been under new management for more than a year.

However, the council said no one else has applied for a public entertainment licence for the centre.

A spokesman said: “A public entertainment licence is a legal requirement. Should a renewal be refused, the applicant has 28 days to lodge an appeal.

“In the event a business continues to trade without the appropriate licence in place, or lodging an appeal within the appropriate time frame, it would become a police matter.”

Hamilton Sheriff Court said no appeal has yet been lodged. Rainforest bosses could not be contacted.

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