Preston takeaway is to keep its licence

Still open: Pizza City in Preston has kept its licence
Still open: Pizza City in Preston has kept its licence
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A Preston takeaway raided by police for employing suspected illegal immigrants was allowed to keep trading after a new licence holder took over.

Pizza City, on Friargate, was targeted by police and immigration officials in June last year.

But Preston Council’s licensing committee heard Sajad Amin had now taken over the reins of the takeaway, and Licensing Sergeant John Lovick wished him “all the best”.

The licence for Pizza City was granted to Mohammed Tariq in January 2006, which authorised 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 licensing review was that the premises was “not promoting the crime prevention licensing objective”.

Sgt Lovick said in March last year, the premises had been observed selling hot food beyond its permitted hours.

He said: “More importantly, in April last year we received intelligence that illegal immigrants were being employed and were working at Pizza City.”

Sgt Lovick said that on 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.

However, he said: “Since then, I’m aware that Mr Tariq has now sold it to Mr Amin and the premise licence has been transferred.”

He said Mr Amin ran another business “very successfully” and said: “Our concerns were with Mr Tariq. I have no concerns at all about Sajad taking up the responsibility of running Pizza City and I wish him all the best.”

No further action will be taken under the licensing act.

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