Wigan promoter and politician faces fly-posting charges

Paul Maiden
Paul Maiden

A Wigan music promoter and opposition politician will face trial after denying a string of fly-posting offences.

Paul Maiden pleaded not guilty to half a dozen charges of breaching regulations governing the use of adverts at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutors says Maiden, of Warrington Road, Goose Green, plastered posters for music gigs in the town all over Wigan and Ince over a four-month period. But the 45-year-old flatly denies responsibility for any of the incidents.

Defending, Karen Moorfield said the posters did not belong to him and nor was he the person who put them up. The matter will now be heard by magistrates on February 26

The alleged flyposting spree, which all involve music acts appearing at Pure nightclub in Clarence Yard, began on May 18 when an ad for Oaces was put in place at Smithy Green Lane without permission. Prosecutors then says a poster for the same group appeared on or before July 20 at the junction of Ince Green Lane and Lord Street.

Maiden is also accused of advertising Cloudbursting at the junction of Darlington Street East. Adverts for Nik Turner of Hawkwind were also placed on Rodney Street, on a phonebox on Warrington Lane and on King Street.

The matter came to court through a private prosecution from Wigan Council, with solicitor Alison Henderson representing the local authority.

Maiden has put on music events for many years and was also elected as an independent councillor for Hindley Green this year.