Police call for revocation of Northampton pizza parlour's licence after it stayed open two hours beyond legal closing time

A pizza and kebab shop owner faces the loss of his business after admitting his Northampton premises was illegally open until after 6am.

Monday, 21st November 2016, 5:06 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 12:09 pm
Millenium Pizaa was open until 6.04am, according to police

Police officers and the Northampton CCTV control room witnessed Millenium Pizza and Kebab, in Abington Square, serving food to customers after hours on five separate occasions in August and September.

On the first occasion, the takeaway shop was spotted on CCTV open at 6.04am even though the licence only allows for business until 4am at the latest.

Then, after the shop had been caught open post- 4am three more times, PC James Atter actually walked into the shop at 4.27am on September 17 and recorded himself on his body camera warning the staff, who continued serving in front of him and after he left.

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PC Chris Stephens said: "[The premises licence holder] has wilfully broken licensing laws and placed financial gain above operating on a compliant basis.

"The problems in relation to this premises have come from the poor and illegal management from the top down and there can be no confidence that the licence holder will stop putting profit before the law."

The licence is up for review by councillors next Tuesday at the Guildhall.

Committee papers in the public domain show it is the second time in less than two years that Millenium Pizza and Kebab has had its licence reviewed.

The previous review, which led to opening hours restrictions and a compulsory bouncer, came after a member of staff attacked a customer with a kebab knife, inflicting "GBH injuries".

Councillors later said they judged the cause of the attack to have been severe fatigue on the part of the member of staff.