Uncertain future: Lancashire Police call for last orders at Macs Bar

Police have called for a closure order on Macs Bar, in Friargate, Preston

Police have called for a closure order on Macs Bar, in Friargate, Preston

  • Macs bar in Preston was forced to close its doors for 48 hours by Lancashire Police on Monday
  • The interim application was made following complaints of disorder and breaches of the club’s licencing agreement
  • Magistrates will today consider an application to shut down the premises for upto three months
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The future of a popular city centre nightclub looks uncertain as officers from Lancashire Police seek a closure order today.

Macs Bar in Friargate was served with an interim order on Monday afternoon, closing the doors to punters for 48 hours.

Today magistrates will consider an application to shut down the premises for up to three months after complaints of disorder and breaches of the club’s licencing agreement.

But the bar’s owner Andy Macdonald took to Twitter to reassure revellers the closure was only temporary.

He said: “Macs will not be open for 48 hours until the issue with customers that congregate on Friargate is resolved. Macs is not closing down”

It is understood officers from Lancashire Police’s licencing department spoke to the club’s managers after a complaint of disorder on Good Friday as drunken revellers left the club at around 5.30am.

Macs will not be open for 48 hours until the issue with customers that congregate on Friargate is resolved. Macs is not closing down

Andy Macdonald

But since that discussion took place, there have been further incidents of visitors leaving late and being rowdy in the early hours of the morning.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “During the early hours of Good Friday, there was a public disorder incident involving customers, who are believed to have been heavily intoxicated, leaving the premises. As a result, officers have brought about a review of the licence and have been working with the premises to improve management of the dispersal of customers at closing time.

“On Friday May 29, there was a further disorder incident during the early hours and we have requested the closure to ensure that there are no further incidents of disorder relating to customers leaving the bar during the early hours of the morning. The closure notice was issued on Monday.”

A hearing will take place at Preston Magistrates’ Court today to determine the club’s future.