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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Charity party goes ahead despite police concerns

A PERSONAL vendetta between two families put a charity barn dance in jeopardy – but councillors ruled the event can go ahead.

By Sarah Robinson

Plans have been approved for Gill Jackson, of Saltcoats, Holmrook, to hold a barn dance at Orchard View Farm, Holmrook. It is a joint birthday party with a friend to raise cash for Hospice at Home and Macmillan.

Objections were raised at a Copeland Council licensing panel yesterday (Wednesday) by two authorities after concerns from a resident.

Cumbria Police raised concerns about the potential for crime and disorder. And an environmental health officer cited concerns about nuisance.

The meeting heard a photograph from a similar event four years ago had been posted on Facebook showing a sign of “10 Commandments” for partygoers to abide by including getting drunk and “thou must hate thy neighbour with a passion”.

Mrs Jackson told councillors that a child had dressed up as Moses and brought the sign with him to the party. She said a photo was removed from the site shortly after it was posted and said neither her friends nor family had posted the sign recently.

A Facebook comment was also posted by Mrs Jackson on May 13 about the upcoming event, where she said: “Need to go out with a rite good night. [****] the neighbours.”

Mrs Jackson said: “There has never been any trouble [at previous fundraisers]. We are not deliberately causing trouble. The event is about raising money.”

She has been granted a licence for the sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment, from 6.30pm on August 9 to 2am on August 10, for 200 guests maximum.

Copeland’s licensing panel said it seemed there was a “personal vendetta between two families”. They said “neighbours were in support: one had complained, most had not complained and some had written letters of support.” They said it was a “reasonable event with people enjoying themselves”.

Councillors stated there had been no major problems at previous events.

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