MACs bar owner starts petition calling for police closure order to be overturned

Posted on - 8th June, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Crime, Nightlife, Preston City Centre, Preston News
A recent night inside MACs before its closure

A recent night inside MACs before its closure

The owner of a city centre bar currently closed by police has launched a petition to get it reopened.


MACs in Friargate was issued with a closure notice by Lancashire Police who said the venue posed a risk to public safety.

Andy MacDonald, director of the bar, has attracted nearly 1,000 signatures to his petition calling for Preston City Council to step in and overturn the closure order.

The bar was closed on Monday 1 June with police initially closing the bar for 48 hours. A magistrates hearing was due to take place on Wednesday 3 June but was put back to Friday 12 June when a full hearing is due to take place.

MACs bar is claiming the bar cannot be responsible for groups of people congregating outside and singing football chants.

Andy MacDonald writes: “The pressure that this unfair and unnecessary closure has placed on a business that Preston can be proud of, and its staff, is insurmountable.”

Preston Police say an incident of anti-social behaviour causing nuisance to the public triggered the closure order.

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