Club licence hearing back before panel

Queen Street -  the entrance to the Flamingo Club Blackpool / view

Queen Street - the entrance to the Flamingo Club Blackpool / view

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A hearing to consider the future of a top Blackpool nightspot has been rescheduled for Friday.

Town hall licensing chiefs had been due to consider an application by the police to review the licence at The Flamingo on Queen Street in August but the hearing was postponed.

Now police are set to put additional evidence before councillors, including further allegations of assaults at the club which currently has an alcohol licence allowing booze to be served until 5am.

Additional incidents during September and October which police attended include a man attacked by a group of men on October 3 as he left the club at 3am, and a woman who punched the manager when she was refused entry at 4.40am on October 22, according to reports set to go before the licensing panel.

But a letter from owner Basil Newby’s solicitors, who will represent him at the hearing, says: “Our client has always had the respect from both the police and council as being one of the better and more responsible operators in the town, or believe this to be the case.

“Most certainly they have always sought to act in co-operation with the various authorities.”

Ahead of the original hearing the police had collated a dossier of evidence detailing almost 40 alleged incidents, including violence.

In July, Mr Newby 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).

The EMRO hearing is due to start on December 9.