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Church Street takeaway Dixie Fried Chicken up for licensing review

Posted on - 16th January, 2013 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Food & Drink, News, Preston Council, Takeaways
Dixie Fried Chicken on Church Street has been called in for a review of its licence

Dixie Fried Chicken on Church Street has been called in for a review of its licence

Police have triggered the review of a licence granted to a problem takeaway on Church Street.

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Dixie Fried Chicken, next door to Lava Ignite, could be stripped of its licence when councillors meet later this month.

Police Sergeant John Lovick, who heads up the police licensing team, outlines in documents how the takeaway has failed to keep to conditions imposed on it following a licensing review in November 2011.

Sergeant Lovick states the takeaway does not adhere to rules stating it needs to have door staff and consistently serves food beyond its stated hours.

Police reports detail how a customer was assaulted inside the takeaway on Sunday 11 November 2012 and his jaw was fractured in three places.

The man was admitted to hospital and needed a plate and pins put in his jaw.

The report goes on to state on Saturday 17 November at 2.49am an office went to check on door staff at Dixie but found none.

PS Spencer wrote: “I had a look at Dixie Fried myeslf (sic) without actually going in between 2a and 2.30am and there was no sign of any doorsatff at all. Unless they were inside with no obvious bands or clothing on.”

Police say they have met with management at the takeaway who have admitted door staff have been working sporadically, and that no door staff were on the night of Sunday 11 November. The report also states the CCTV system in place is inadequate and does not cover the whole public area of the premises.

The latest review follows the hearing in November when councillors said the premises must be closed by 4.30am every day, door staff should be on the door from 2am until 4.30am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The takeaway has been serving late night refreshments since it was granted a licence in December 2005 to serve until 4.30am every day apart from Sunday.

The fate of Dixie will be decided on Wednesday 23 January at 10am at the Town Hall when the city council’s licensing sub committee meet.

View the full licensing review documents on the council website.

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