Hearing date for club boss

Basil Newby outside Flamingo
Basil Newby outside Flamingo
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A top nightclub owner is due before councillors next week to answer allegations about the running of his venues.

A hearing date has been set for Tuesday August 27 at Blackpool Town Hall after police called for the licence of The Flamingo on Queen Street, Blackpool, to be reviewed.

A separate licensing hearing will be held on the same day to hear an application by the police in relation to Buzz, which is inter-connected to The Flamingo but has a separate licence.

Both nightspots are operated by Basil Newby, who last month accused the police of carrying out a “witch hunt” against him due to his opposition to plans to introduce earlier closing times for licensed premises in the resort using an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO).

Police have collated a dossier of evidence detailing almost 40 alleged incidents, including violence, at The Flamingo, which has an alcohol licence allowing booze to be served until 5am.

But Mr Newby is contesting the claims and has received a letter of support from Blackpool Pleasure Beach company secretary David Cam.

In it, Mr Cam says: “As a Blackpool-born entrepreneur you have exhibited relentless dedication and flair in pursuing ground-breaking new initiatives which have brought so many visitors to the resort.”

Mr Newby said he did not wish to comment ahead of Tuesday’s licence hearing.

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