The police can apply to the licensing board for a closure order to be served on your venue if they can satisfy the board that it is in the interests of public safety.
They also have the power to close venues down instantly if they think is a risk of serious crime or disorder taking place. These emergency closure orders last for up to 24 hours and can be extended by a similar time period if necessary.
Due to the short time periods involved and the potentially dramatic outcomes, it is imperative that you seek legal advice as soon as you are handed a closure order.
As one of the largest specialist licensing lawyers in the UK, we have lots of experience dealing with these situations and can help give your case the best possible chance of success.