Club licence suspended over Christmas

A club will remain closed over Christmas after a decision to suspend its licence was upheld

Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:58 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th December 2016, 11:22 am
Elliott Simpson

Bosses from Uber in Vicarage Road, Poulton, went before members of Wyre's licensing committee yesterday in the hope of overturning a decision made last week.

The nightclub was forced to shut following a decision made on Friday to suspend its licence following 'serious' concerns raised by police.

The club iwill remain shut until a full hearing can be held in the new year.

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The Gazette understands Lancashire Police has raised several concerns over the Vicarage Road venue and the force has confirmed it is investigating an allegation of assault at the nightspot.

Wyre Council said the decision to suspend the club's premises licence had been made because ' in the opinion of a senior police officer the premises are associated with serious crime or serious disorder or both, as the result of incidents that have taken place on the premises.'

Wyre today confirmed the panel's decision not to lift the suspension.

A spokesman said: "At a meeting of the licensing sub-committee held yesterday, members agreed to uphold the suspension pending the full review hearing which will be held the first week in January 2017."

Club owner Elliot Simpson was last year found guilty of assaulting a man on his premises. Following his conviction, in December last year, Mr Simpson transferred the premises licence for Uber to the club’s manager. Since then the manager has acted as the designated premises supervisor for the venue.

The club is understood to have had a number of major events planned over the festive period.

Mr Simpson confirmed the club would be closed over Christmas.

He is expected to make a full statement later.