The spice is not right at one Indian take away in south east Leeds as they have been caught selling hot food after hours.
Mr Atiqur Rahman, owner of Indian Spice in Swillington was warned on a number of occasions by Leeds City Council enforcement officers that he was operating without a licence by selling hot food after 11pm, but chose to ignore this.
On 4 November at Leeds Magistrates Court, Atiqur Rahman pleaded guilty to two charges. He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay costs of £1500.
Leeds City Council’s Entertainment Licensing section received a complaint about Indian Spice in April last year, after which a letter was sent to Mr Rahman warning him to cease selling hot food after 11pm until he had the correct licence in place.
During July And October 2010 enforcement officers from the council carried out a number of undercover test purchases. On each occasion hot food was purchased by the officers after 11pm. Warning letters were sent to Mr Rahman on a number of occasions, but were ignored.
John Mulcahy, head of licensing and registration said:
“Business owners must realise that legally they must operate within the hours their licence states otherwise they will be fined.
“On this occasion the restaurant owner was warned on a number of occasions, but did not respond, so the only option left was to fine him."
Note to editors:
Since the 24th November 2005 the provision of late night refreshment between the hours of 11pm and 5am is a licensable activity under the Licensing Act 2003. Premises providing hot food refreshment during these hours require a Premises Licence or Temporary Event Notice authorising the activity.
A person guilty of an offence of providing unauthorised late night refreshment is liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding £20,000, or to both.
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