A Preston takeaway raided by police for employing suspected illegal immigrants will have its licence reviewed by council chiefs.
Pizza City, on Friargate, Preston, was raided by police and immigration officials in April this year.
Preston Council will consider an application to review the premises licence next week, following a submission by Lancashire Police.
The licence for Pizza City was initially granted to Mohammed Tariq in January 2006, authorising the provision of late night refreshment between 11pm and 3am Monday to Thursday and from 11pm until 3.30am Friday to Sunday.
The grounds for the review from the police is that the premises is ‘not promoting the crime prevention licensing objectives.’
Sgt John Lovick from Lancashire Police stated: “The application for review is submitted by the Lancashire Constabulary on the grounds that the licensing objectives relating to crime and disorder has not been promoted at this premise with concerns about the employment of illegal immigrants at the premise.
“In April, police received intelligence that a number of takeaway owners were employing illegal immigrants to work at their premises.
“On Thursday June 6, Police, UK Border Agency and fire officers attended the premise following information received.
“Three males were arrested for being in the country without visas.
“The owner admitted liability to employing all three males and was given a notice of liability to the sum of £30,000 as he had made no efforts to check the staff’s visa documentation.
“This is obviously criminal activity that is specifically referred to under the Licensing Act 2003 to be treated particularly seriously.”
Sgt Lovick also told councillors that in February, staff at the premises contacted police when an ex-employee attended the venue and started to cause problems. He left before police attended.
Then on March 31, Sgt Lovick observed the premise selling hot food beyond its permitted hours.
The licensing sub-committee will review the application on Tuesday. Mr Tariq could not be reached for comment.