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The Nile takeaway in Church Street faces licensing hearing for serving hot food past closing time

Posted on - 4th November, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Lancashire Police, News, Preston City Centre, Takeaways
The Nile in Church Street faces questions over its late-night food licence Pic: Google

The Nile in Church Street faces questions over its late-night food licence Pic: Google

A Preston late-night takeaway faces being shut down for ‘consistently breaching its hot food licence times’ according to Preston Police.

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Licensing officers have applied to Preston City Council alleging a litany of offences by The Nile in Church Street.

The outlet which services curries, kebabs and pizza has been open until 6am – an hour and a half beyond its closing time.

Police say the takeaway has become a hot spot for late night disorder, with a number of fights taking place inside and directly outside the premises.

Documents submitted by the police outline how they have lost patience with current owner Tahir Mahmood and former licence holder Shahzad Ahmed.

They also include information from the courts showing how Ahmed has been fined for selling hot food beyond licenced hours in July 2013, with the courts fining him £500 for three licence breaches.

Preston Police allege the takeaway has been breaching its licensing hours since 2012 and on the weekend of Saturday 5 September they witnessed the takeaway still serving hot food at 4.50am.

PC Julie Stewart, licensing officer, writes: “Despite the best efforts of the police, the management of this premise continue to flour the rules and breach their premise licence conditions.

“The Police have persistently tried to re-enforce the conditions but cannot physically maintain a presence at the premises to ensure that the management are compliant on a daily basis.

“All other premises in the vicinity are complying with their conditions and therefore the Police have no other option than to request a revocation of the premises licence.”

A licensing sub-committee of three councillors will meet at the Town Hall on Friday 6 November to make a decision on the premises licence for the takeaway.

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