Bar closed after fears over string of violent crimes

Oggies in Queen Street has been forced to shut.
Oggies in Queen Street has been forced to shut.
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A Blackpool bar has been closed down with immediate effect after concerns about a string of violent incidents.

Blackpool Council’s public protection team and Blackpool Police’s licencing department applied for the emergency closure at Oggies, on Queen Street, following a number of reported incidents between April 30 and May 5.

The bar’s licence had already been revoked but it remained open during an appeal period.

But in light of the reported incidents, both council public protection officers and police officers felt they had to act immediately.

Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing and public protection, said: “We take our responsibility to protect the public extremely seriously and, in light of the number of incidents, it was important to act.”

Sue Slater, licencing assistant, said: “Despite the premises continuing to operate under a revoked licence pending appeal, crime and disorder have continued to be reported at the venue.

“This has climaxed over the Bank Holiday period where five incidents were reported in just one week.”

The premises’ licence was revoked in March. However, the licence holders chose to appeal this decision to the magistrates’ courts.

Due to the way the legislation works, this means the premises can still operate under their “revoked” licence, until the appeal is heard and a decision made.

As a result a Summary Review, effectively an immediate closure order which can only be made with a Superintendent’s authority, was applied for.

The review process will continue and is expected to be heard by magistrates shortly.

No one from the bar was available to comment.

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