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Preston pub could lose its licence after 30 people caught enjoying ‘lock in’

Written by on June 19, 2020

Around 30 people have been busted by police in Preston after having a ‘lock in’ at a pub in breach of lockdown rules.

Officers from Lancashire Police Licensing Department attended the Moor Park pub in Garstang Road this afternoon (June 19) to reports a group of people were drinking booze inside.

They found a group of around 30 people drinking in the back bar and not observing social distancing guidelines.

Police said everyone inside the pub was told to leave and the premises supervisor was hit with a prohibition notice.

Preston City Council will be asked to review their incident with police warning ‘there is a real possibility that the pub will lose its licence’.

In a statement on Facebook Sgt Horton, of the licensing team, said: “Officers from Lancashire Police Licensing Department went to a pub in Preston this afternoon on reports that they were having a lock in.

“About 30 people were found drinking in the back bar. Social distancing was not being observed by anybody in there.

“They’re all heading home with no idea what they may or may not have picked up for the sake of a pint.

“They all left quietly on request and the Premises Supervisor was issued with a Prohibition Notice under the Coronavirus Regulations.

“We will be asking Preston City Council to review their licence and there is a real possibility that the pub will lose its licence as a result of this.

“It may seem tempting to join in when you hear that a pub is open but the truth is, no pubs should be open yet.

“There are some government indications that some pubs and bars may open on July 4th.

“Some pubs are working as off licences and that is fine but no pubs or bars should be “open as usual” yet.”

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