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Take-away in hot water over licence

Photos taken by Blackpool Councils licencing officers show the tampered-with meter at Alis Takeaway and the dangerous area from where CCTV was monitored.

Photos taken by Blackpool Councils licencing officers show the tampered-with meter at Alis Takeaway and the dangerous area from where CCTV was monitored.

  • by Katie Upton & Shelagh Parkinson
 

A takeaway owner has had his licence curbed by council bosses who said they have “no faith” in the running of his business.

Owner Mohammad Saeed Anwar has been told Ali’s Takeaway, on Central Drive, Blackpool, must stop serving hot food and drinks between 11pm and 5am.

The town hall panel, chaired by Coun Adrian Hutton, made the unanimous decision after hearing the business’s gas meter had been tampered with to affect it 
accurately recording usage.

During a January 2013 inspection of the premises – which has been owned by Mr Anwar since 2006 – council officers found the gas meter had a screw secured with adhesive inside it, to inhibit the from meter running.

Officers also found seals on the electricity meter had been tampered with, raised concerns about the cleanliness of the eatery and potential fire hazards caused by too many wires and combustible materials in the offices from which to view CCTV.

Coun Hutton, sitting with colleagues Coun Jim Elmes and Coun Christian Cox, said: “This is a very serious matter.”

The hearing for Ali’s Takeaway was one of three held at Town Hall yesterday.

The new owner of Kai’s Kebabish, also on Central Drive, was ordered to adhere to strict conditions following a review.

Amir Hameed took over ownership and running of the takeaway on December 1, 2013. The licencing officers’ visits to the premises took place in January 2013, when Nasser Mahdavi was the 
license holder.

Council officers had found seals on the electricity meter missing, meaning the recording mechanism could be tampered with, and also a gas safety certificate to be out of date.

The hearing heard licensing bosses were satisfied Mr Hameed was not the person responsible for the issues found in January.

But he was ordered that safety officers should be able to have access to the meter and safety certificates must be available on the premises at all times.

The owner of Dino’s takeaway on Ansdell Road, Blackpool, has been given an informal warning and the premises has had one condition added to its licence.

Health and safety officers found the electricity meter had been tampered with when they made an inspection in January last year.

But since then the business has been taken over by Rafat Kamal who has now ensured the supply is legally connected.

Coun Hutton said the council was satisfied Mr Kamal was not the person responsible for the tampering. But Mr Kamal was given an informal warning to ensure he operated the business in accordance with the rules.

A condition was added to the licence that health and safety officers were allowed access to the electricity meter when they required it.

Mr Anwar, Mr Kamal and Mr Hameed each have 21 days in which to appeal the decisions if they wish to do so.

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