Nightclub boss found guilty of attacking customer

Elliott Simpson outside Uber in Poulton
Elliott Simpson outside Uber in Poulton

A nightclub owner who attacked a customer has been ordered to pay a total of £2,450 and had his personal licence suspended for three months.

Elliott Simpson, 45, denied assaulting a man at his club, Uber in Poulton, but was found guilty following a trial at Blackpool Magistrates' Court.

He was fined £1,100 with £620 costs, and ordered to pay a £520 court charge with £110 victims' surcharge, plus £100 compensation for the victim.

He was also given an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting his victim, who was hurt in the fracas on July 5.

Magistrate Brenda Wildish said: "The offence took place in a public place and must be considered seriously."

Speaking to The Gazette after his court case, Simpson said Uber, in Vicarage Road, will not be affected by his sentence and will remain open.

He said: "My manager has a personal licence and I transferred the premises licence into his name about three weeks ago, so there is no effect on the club whatsoever."

Simpson admitted there was a 'clash of heads' but said it was not deliberate. He added he was 'not the type of person to go around head-butting people'.

Prosecutor Pam Smith had told the court police were asking for Simpson's personal licence to be taken off him and given back to Wyre Council.

Allan Cobain, defending, said: "He accepted the man's injuries were as a result of a fracas in the club. The man had a minor mark on his forehead and on his chin.

"If he had to get someone in to take over as a personal licence holder it would cost him money. He has been in the business and held licences for more than 25 years."

Mr Cobain said Simpson began his career as a DJ before he invested in the club, then called Club L'Orange.

Over the next 16 years he refurbished the club, which was later voted the best managed and safest on the coast for three years running, the court heard.