Takeaway ‘a haven for under age sex’

Mr Beanz takeaway on Dickson Road, Blackpool
Mr Beanz takeaway on Dickson Road, Blackpool
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THE owners of a seaside takeaway at the centre of a murder probe ran the place as a notorious haven for under age sex, drink and drugs, a court heard.

Police officers made a series of allegations at a hearing at which 53-year-old Mohammed Reveshi is appealing against the loss of his licence to run the former Funny Boyz kebab and burger bar in Blackpool.

He runs the late night food outlet with partner Iyad Albattikhi, 33, who lives above the shop on Dickson Road.

Both men stood trial at Preston Crown Court in connection with the disappearance of 13-year-old Charlene Downes who was last seen alive in 2003.

It was alleged her body was disposed of in the takeaway’s food.

District Judge Jeff Brailsford at Blackpool Magistrates Court heard how both men were acquitted and received substantial sums in compensation after they claimed malicious prosecution.

But last year the licence for the premises was revoked by Blackpool Council.

Police are backing the local authority in objecting to the appeal by Reveshi for the licence to be restored.

The judge heard police claims they had found problems with the operation of the premises CCTV system

The court was also told how Albattikhi is to stand trial for an alleged assault on a woman and on a charge of possessing cocaine.

The police have also investigated a complaint a 16-year-old girl was given cocaine at Funnyboyz, now renamed Mr Beanz.

They had also been given a photograph of Albattikhi with a 14-year-old girl dressed in a crop top and shorts sitting on his knee.

The police said they had investigated an allegation a 21-year-old woman was raped at Funny Boyz but no charges were brought.

There was a further incident, according to police, involving a 16-year-old girl who had been plied with alcohol there.

PC Claire Bradley told the court how Albattikhi had become angry when she asked about the CCTV system and who could work it.

The court heard a claim the hard drive had been tampered with after an alleged assault on the premises.

Det Sgt Keith Butcher told the judge he worked for the Awaken project in Blackpool which investigates child sex exploitation by adults.

He detailed information held by police about activities at Funny Boyz.

He told the hearing: “These premises have attracted certain notoriety since the Charlene Downes case because young girls go there.”

The court also heard that Albattikhi had been served with a warning notice under the Child Abduction Act telling him to have no contact with girls under 16.

The court was also told the police had information Facebook was used to attract young girls to the premises where they were given alcohol and cocaine.

One report said a 14-year -old girl had been given the drug Methadrone – which has the street name Bubble.

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