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Kebab shops set to lose licence after late-night service
Two kebab shops have had their licences revoked after serving customers up to five hours past their licensed closing time.
Casba and Casba 2, both based in Western Road, have had their late-night licences revoked at a Brighton and Hove City Council licensing hearing late last month.
The ruling means that the two takeaways will have to shut their doors at 11pm once the 21-day window for an appeal closes.
A third kebab shop, Golden Grill also in Western Road, has kept their licence but will have to adhere to much stricter conditions including formal staff training, CCTV and to take up membership of the Business Crime Reduction Partnership.
The takeaway owners have also agreed to a voluntary period of suspension where they will be unable to serve hot food after 11pm for a week.
While the reprieve comes as good news to Golden Grill, less pleasing for bosses will be the news that a recent inspection gave a zero food hygiene rating for the premises ranking it one of the dirtiest in Brighton and Hove.
The rating means the kebab shop needs “urgent improvement” in its food hygiene after an inspection by the Food Standards Authority.
The action against the kebab shops follows a number of verbal and written warnings for staff to close within their licensed hours which ranged between 1am and 3am.
Sergeant Simon Morgan of Brighton and Hove Licensing Team said: "This was not a step taken lightly and is not something that is asked for often, this is the first time a licence has been revoked for a kebab shop in the city. Breaches of a licence can often lead to increases in crime, disorder and public nuisance.
“This sends out a clear message to other licensed premises in the city that breaches of conditions and licensing hours will not be tolerated."
Councillor Lizzie Deane, chair of the Licensing Panel from Brighton and Hove City Council, said: "Given the location it is extremely important that food outlets stick to their permitted hours.
“There were persistent breaches which significantly contributed to late night public nuisance, disturbed neighbours and seriously undermined the licensing objectives relating to public nuisance, crime and disorder."
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