Southend winding up order dismissed after debt is cleared

Southend United's debt has been cleared Credit: PA

A judge has dismissed a bid to wind up League One football club Southend United after being told that a debt had been cleared.

Tax officials had made an application for a winding up order.

But Registrar Nicholas Briggs dismissed the application - at a Bankruptcy & Companies Court hearing in London on Monday - after a lawyer representing HM Revenue & Customs told him that money owed has been paid.

No indication of the size of the debt emerged at the hearing.