Licensee defiant over foreign satellite screenings

By James Wilmore

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Foreign satellite equipment, License, Greater manchester

A Bolton licensee, who is screening football using foreign satellite equipment, has vowed to fight the issue in court if he is tackled by the...

A Bolton licensee, who is screening football using foreign satellite equipment, has vowed to fight the issue in court if he is tackled by the authorities.

Despite receiving a letter from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) warning him he could have his licence revoked, Ivan Whittaker, licensee of the Volunteer, in Bolton has revealed he will continue to show Premier League matches.

He told thepublican.com: "This letter doesn't make any difference, we will carry on. I would be willing to fight it in court."

GMP has sent the letter to licensees in the area, warning them they face prosecution if screening Premier League matches using the equipment.

The letter from licensing officer, Garry Lee, states: "I am writing to provide you with prior notice that investigations will be carried out in Bolton over the coming weeks and months to determine whether criminal offences have been committed under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

"If you are in possession of foreign satellite equipment and you are subsequently found to be broadcasting live Premiership matches, it is likely that criminal proceedings will be commenced against you without further warning."

Inspector Phil Spurgeon from Bolton Police said: "We sent this letter to licensees in Bolton to warn them of the worst case scenario should they decide to broadcast live Premier League matches in their premises.

"Bolton police work closely with local licensees and are happy to provide advice and guidance on how they can continue to operate their businesses within the law."

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