Licence revoked at town takeaway

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A TAKEAWAY owner and his brother branded “Dumb and Dumber” by their own barrister have had their premises licence taken away after repeatedly serving food out of hours.

Muhammad Saeed, who owns Reload on Westlode Street, was said to have made “little or no effort” to make sure he complied with his legal obligations, which included not to serve customers after 3am.

His brother and takeaway manager, Shafiq Mohammed, was also said to have breached the licence conditions.

Councillors on South Holland’s licensing authority committee revoked the licence at a hearing on Thursday, following a request for a review by police.

The panel heard evidence both on Thursday and on November 10, where officers claimed they had witnessed money and food being exchanged at the takeaway past 3am.

Speaking for the police, solicitor Daniel Richardson said it was not in their best interests to review premises when anything goes wrong and they would look to have negotiations to see if the matter can be resolved. However, he said Mr Saeed and Mr Mohammed “did not take their responsibility seriously”.

Mr Richardson said: “The conditions of the licence are still not being complied with. We have heard there is still no signage requiring customers to leave quietly, or that they premises will be closed ten minutes before 3am.”

Mr Richardson said the external CCTV requirements were also not being met.

Harjinder Johal, representing Mr Saeed, said the brothers had “not clearly fully understood” the conditions of the takeaway licence.

“I am going to describe them as Dumb and Dumber – that’s exactly what I would suggest they are,” he said.

Mr Johal said proceedings “should not have come as far as this” because Lincolnshire Police’s licensing team did not give Mr Saeed an early warning and opportunity to make changes.

Vikram Singh, also acting on behalf of Mr Saeed, said they would appeal against the decision.