Blackpool takeaway is due back before licensing chiefs

Ali's Takeaway on Central Drive, Blackpool

Ali's Takeaway on Central Drive, Blackpool

  • Enforcement officers visited Ali’s Takeaway on Central Drive, Blackpool, on March 27
  • A male worker at the premises ran off when the enforcement team arrived
  • When CCTV footage was requested, it was not available
  • Enforcement officers belief due to this an illegal immigrant who was employed at the premises is now unlawfully at large
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The operator of a troubled takeaway is being hauled back before licensing chiefs.

Mohammed Anwar of Ali’s Takeaway on Central Drive, Blackpool, is alleged to have flouted the council’s licensing objectives on the grounds of crime and disorder.

Our belief is that an illegal immigrant is at large

Concerns were raised when council enforcement officers visited the premises on March 27.

According to a report to a licensing panel, due to be held at the town hall on Tuesday June 2, a male worker at the premises ran off when the enforcement team arrived.

When CCTV footage was requested, it was not available.

A report submitted to the panel by Blackpool’s head of licensing enforcement Mark Marshall says: “Due to his complete ignorance to the importance of CCTV within his premises, which is in one of the most challenging areas of Blackpool, an investigation has been thwarted, and our belief is due to this an illegal immigrant who was employed at the premises is now unlawfully at large.”

Alis’ Takeaway is licensed to serve late night refreshment between 11pm and 3am.

In January 2014 the licence was revoked by the council after the gas meter at the premises was tampered with.

In November of the same year Mr Anwar was fined £875 and ordered to pay costs of £330 after the premises failed an inspection by environmental health officers.

Blackpool Council is currently cracking down on takeaways which do not adhere to licensing rules.

In recent weeks, three have been hauled before licensing panels and the council has revealed it wants to peg back takeaway licensing hours from 5am to 4am in the Dickson Road area of the town where late night fast food outlets have become a flashpoint for disorder.

Al Goucha, now known as Amir’s, had its hours reduced to 4am instead of 5am, Los Gringos had its late night refreshement licence revoked and Pizza Luigi had its hours reduced to 3am instead of 5am.