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Beds found above eatery

Ming Dynasty, Strand Road, Preston

Ming Dynasty, Strand Road, Preston

A Chinese restaurant has closed down weeks after licensing bosses found unauthorised living quarters in the loft space.

Ming Dynasty in West Strand Park, Strand Road, Preston, has been forced to close after landlord’s Emmerson Property Management seized the site.

It comes as licensing chiefs called for a review of the premises licence over a number of issues.

Documents put forward for a licensing meeting on Tuesday next week detail an incident in October where an inspection found a living space.

The report stated: “Officers went to the rear of the premise where a set of ladders lead to an area in the loft space where several beds and a bath were found.

“Three karaoke rooms were found downstairs which are not shown on the original plans. The designated site supervisor was not present and staff were unaware when he would be at the premises.”

It isn’t clear how many people will living in the loft space but there was evidence to suggest that people were living there.

Other concerns raised related to no CCTV at the site, crime and disorder objectives not being met, concerns about poor management and the site being open beyond its hours.

A closure notice was issued by the police in October and the property was seized by DBS Debt Recovery on behalf of Emmerson Property Management on November 28.

Bosses from the Chinese are due to face licensing chiefs at a review meeting at Preston Council on Tuesday. A spokesman for Preston Council said: “The licensing sub committee will review the licence of Ming Dynasty on Tuesday December 17.”

Emmerson Property Management declined to comment on the matter.

The owners of the restaurant were unavailable for comment.

 

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