A takeaway owner who has been prosecuted for serving out of hours claims he’s being discriminated against by licensing bosses.
South Ribble Council has refused Waseem Wajid a Late Night Refreshment Licence for Leyland Kebab House in Chapel Brow, after he repeatedly broke conditions. A report to the licencing committee also stated the shop’s electricity metre had been tampered with and electricity had been unlawfully distracted.
The 33-year-old of Shearbrow, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to trading without a licence at Preston Magistrates’ Court in September and was fined a total of £510.
Licensing chiefs believe granting the application would undermine their objectives.
But Mr Wajid said it is unfair other takeaways on the road have the licence, which allows trade until midnight during the week and 2am on Friday and Saturdays.
He said: “I’m no angel, but I’ve held my hand up, paid my debt to society and everyone deserves a second chance. “This is no valid reason not to give me a licence. I have complied with everything the court asked me to do, and now the council want to punishing me further. I’m trading 10 hours a week less than everyone else and it’s costing me £400 a week.”
Coun Phil Smith said: “As a Licensing Authority we have a duty to ensure that the laws governing licensable activities are observed and where we find rogue operators trading unlawfully, we will not hesitate to use the powers available to us to take appropriate action to bring the culprits to account.”