Reasoning for MACs licence revoke

MACSBy Joe Young – Reporter

Today the reasons behind MACs Bar losing their licence to sell alcohol have been revealed.

The official minutes of the hearing released by Preston City Council stated that the licensing sub-committee felt that the case of Mac’s had many shortcomings.

The police presented evidence of the responsible retailing of alcohol, an incident of disorder outside the venue, and evidence of selling alcohol to those under 18.

Sgt Bushell claimed that although he had considered all of the sanctions available, he felt that because of the management of Mac’s, the revocation of their licence was the only acceptable option. He added that management followed the licensing objectives on paper, but not in practice.

Three door staff at Mac’s gave evidence to Sgt Bushell, which was then presented to the hearing, about concerns with the management. This include their decisions on who they permit to enter the venue being overruled by management.

The evidence and  Sgt Bushell’s statement that ‘the management and staff [of Mac’s] clearly have an anti-police attitude’, caused Preston City Councillors David Hammond (Conservative), Pauline Brown (Liberal Democrat) and Phil Crowe (Labour) to vote to revoke the licence.

Andrew Macdonald, owner of Mac’s Bar, has said that he will appeal the decision at Preston Magistrates Court.

To read the licensing committee minutes in full visit:


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Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.
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