OWNERS of a busy Accrington bar faced with sanctions will learn their fate today.

Police have asked for action to be taken to tackle crime and disorder at IBar in Warner Street after they found it has been linked to more crimes than any other in East Lancashire since September.

Officials from Hyndburn Council will meet on today to discuss revoking the licence or cutting opening hours.

Police have made regular visits to the bar but say little progress has been made on concerns brought up by officers.

In a statement to the council's licensing committee, Sgt Gary Hennighan said officers have public safety concerns over the running of the bar after four rape allegations connected to incidents after punters had left the premises in a vulnerable state and a child neglect report.

He said: "Police request the committee considers whether revocation of the premises licence is proportionate to this premise due to the issues raised.

"At the very least, a significant reduction in its licensing hours, removal of a designated premises supervisor and steps to prevent flashpoints inside and outside through robust licensing conditions may be an appropriate finding in the circumstances."

The meeting will take place at Scaitcliffe House in Accrington from 2.30pm.