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Two more Blackpool shops have had their licences revoked after evidence of utility meter tampering was discovered.

Bargain Booze on Central Drive and Bella Pizza on Dickson Road both had their premises licences revoked by councillors following a hearing at Blackpool Town Hall.

They can continue to trade but cannot sell alcohol.

The Bargain Booze shop had also failed two under age test purchase operations, while public protection officers found pornographic magazines on display.

New legislation means such magazines should be covered up.

The licence revocations follow a number of similar decisions relating to shops in Blackpool which have been found to have tampered with electricity meters.

Last week the Cheeky Chicken on The Strand had its licence revoked.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council cabinet member for public protection, said the campaign would continue.

She said: “Utility meter tampering is a dangerous crime and we won’t tolerate it in Blackpool.

“It is a safety risk and defrauds legitimate businesses who trade fairly and honestly.

“I want businesses to know that this is not a short, sharp shock; our fight against this is going to continue and we will find out.

“I’m pleased the committee has taken strong action and I hope this will serve as a warning to other businesses; we will come after you and may ultimately revoke your licence to trade.”

Sue Turner, revenue assurance manager for Electricity North West, said: “We take meter tampering very seriously and electricity abstraction is a criminal offence and puts the safety of people and property at great risk.”

All three shops have 21 days from the date of the decision to appeal.