Preston takeaway faces week-long closure for ‘flouting’ rules

The Nile takeaway in Church Street, Preston
The Nile takeaway in Church Street, Preston
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A takeaway is set to be closed for a week after police claimed it was selling food out of hours.

Bosses from The Nile in Church Street were hauled before Town Hall chiefs, following accusations of breaching its licence conditions.

The takeaway is now set to be closed for seven days, and an extra condition is to be added to its licence.

The eaterie has permission to serve late night refreshments between 11pm and 4.30am Monday to Saturday, and between 11pm and 4am on Sunday.

But police told a meeting officers had found staff serving hot food beyond the hours.

Following the hearing, Preston Council’s licensing committee agreed to add a condition requiring the premises to be closed at 4.30am Monday to Saturday, and at 4am Sunday, with no customers in the premises. The licence will also be suspended for seven days following the 21 day period allowed for appeal.

PC Julie Stewart listed evidence of dates when police say the licence was breached.

She told the meeting: “Despite our best efforts, the management consistently flout the rules, flout the premise licence conditions and despite use reinforcing the conditions on numerous occasions, they are ignoring our requests.

“All the other premises in the vicinity are compliant with the conditions, we can’t see any reason why this premise can’t abide by what they agreed to when they were granted their licence. The police have no other option than to ask for a revocation of the licence.”

Current licence holder Tahir Mahmood denied that a number of the alleged licence breaches took place, but admitted people were still in the takeaway after hours on New Years’ Eve this year.