Police fears at pub boxing match plans

The Victory Hotel, Caunce Street.
The Victory Hotel, Caunce Street.
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Police chiefs have today warned plans by three Blackpool pubs to screen a late-night boxing bout could spark drunken behaviour.

The Victory, on Caunce Street, the Queens Hotel, on Talbot Road, Layton, and the Ardwick, on Foxhall Road, have each applied to Blackpool Council for permission to stay open until 6am on Sunday May 3 to show the live televised fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny 
Pacquiao.

The match-up has been dubbed the “fight of the century” and will only be screened on a pay-per-view basis live from Las Vegas.

But Blackpool Police have objected and a town hall licensing hearing will be held on Monday to consider all three of the applications for separate temporary events notices.

In a submission to the council, PC Sue Slater from the police licensing team says: “Boxing and wrestling matches increase the risk of crime and disorder due to the high-adrenaline nature of the sport.” She adds: “Not only will viewers be exposed to a high adrenaline atmosphere, they will also be more likely to have already had alcoholic drinks leading up to the fight, and the provision of alcohol continuing until 6am will exacerbate drunkenness and noise nuisance complaints.”

The police also say they are concerned there is no provision in the applications for measures to minimise noise nuisance, control numbers or prevent excessive drunkenness, or details of door staff who will be on duty.

All three premises are part of the Blackpool-based Amber Taverns pub group.

But the company said it did not want to comment on the applications until the hearing had taken place.

The applications will be heard by a panel of three councillors at a meeting due to start at 10am in Blackpool Town Hall on Monday.