Macs bar faces licensing battle as Preston Police issue 48 hour closure notice

Posted on - 1st June, 2015 - 9:38pm | Author - | Posted in - Friargate, Preston City Centre, University campus
Macs bar

Macs bar

A Preston bar has been shut down for 48 hours by police but its owners say it will not close.


Macs bar in Friargate was served with a closure order by Preston Police at 4pm, forcing it to shut its doors until Wednesday afternoon.

A statement from Preston Police said: “This afternoon we’ve served an interim closure order on a licensed premises in the City Centre. This closure order is part of the new Anti-social Behaviour legislation from last year. The premises is now not allowed to open for 48hrs, we’ll be looking at obtaining a court order on Wednesday to further the length of this closure. We’ll be providing further information on this in due course.”

Andy Macdonald, owner of Macs, tweeted to say: “Macs will not be open for 48 hours until the issue with customers that congregate on Friargate is resolved. Macs is not closing down.”

The closure notice has been issued under section 76 of the antisocial behaviour act and the bars owners are due to appear before Preston Magistrates court on Wednesday.

Lancashire Police had applied to Preston City Council for a review of the premises licence of the bar, with comments invited by 18 June.

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