Takeaway could lose its licence

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ACCUSATIONS of serving food out of hours and “obstructive and dismissive” behaviour towards police have led to a Spalding takeaway having its licence reviewed.

Following a request by Lincolnshire Police, a panel of councillors on South Holland District Council’s licensing authority committee will today decide whether Reload will be able to continue to serve food until 3am.

Officers are citing the prevention of crime and disorder and the prevention of public nuisance for the grounds for seeking a review.

The force has claimed officers have witnessed customers buying food beyond 3am at the takeaway on Westlode Street on three separate occasions in December, January and February.

The police also say they have experienced problems identifying licence holder Mohammed Saeed, who has also indicated he does not speak English.

Officers have also described Mr Saeed’s brother Shafiq Mohammed’s demeanour as “unhelpful and evasive”.

The police report being put to councillors continues: “It was clear to police that due to a lack of co-operation by Mr Saeed and Mr Mohammed, no progress could be made.

“Prior to leaving, both men were advised in the strongest terms that they seek informed and qualified advice in respect of licensing matters as police now considered a review of the licence to be unavoidable.”

The premises licence held by Mr Saeed was granted by the district council in May 2008.