Taxpayers’ £80k bill for 3am bar battle

EMRO hearing at Blackpool Town Hall.

EMRO hearing at Blackpool Town Hall.

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The controversial bid to close Blackpool’s pubs and clubs early cost the taxpayer almost £80,000 – with the vast amount of cash ending up in barristers’ pockets.

A Freedom of Information 
request by The Gazette showed Lancashire Police spent more than £58,000 on legal representation during the failed bid to introduce a 3am ban on alcohol sales in the town centre.

The process to consider an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) also cost cash-strapped Blackpool Council almost £19,000 in terms of clerical and legal support.


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