Lancashire

Preston Guild Hall refused 6am alcohol licence in all areas

Preston Guild Hall opened in 1972
Image caption Preston Guild Hall opened in 1972

An application to serve alcohol in all areas of Preston's Guild Hall until 06:00 has been refused.

But councillors have allowed a 24-hour licence in a proposed new section, called Level, which will include a bowling alley and restaurants.

All other areas have been granted an alcohol licence until 04:00.

Police had previously objected to a late-night alcohol licence, saying it would have a "significant impact" on the policing of the night-time economy.

The force said it could encourage other venues to seek later licences - fuelling even more crime and disorder in the city centre.

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