Thanet district Council press release
A Ramsgate man has been given a conditional discharge for 12 months, after pleading guilty to operating a late night takeaway without a licence.
Soner Melin (51) of Trove Court, Ramsgate, pleaded guilty when the case went before Magistrates in Margate on Thursday (5 February) and was also ordered to pay £120 costs to Thanet District Council.
Magistrates were told that all premises which serve hot food or drinks between 11pm and 5am need a premises licence under the 2003 Licensing Act. Premises at 130 High Street, Ramsgate were licensed as Yucas Fast Food in January 2006, but this licence lapsed in February 2008.
In October 2008, the council’s licensing department received complaints from members of the public about takeaway premises operating as Kebab Attack at the same address. A letter was sent to the proprietor about not operating after 11pm and the penalties for doing so were explained. The proprietor contacted the licensing department and the necessary paperwork for making an application was delivered to the premises on 27 October, but no application was made.
Further complaints were received and on Friday 12 December, two council licensing officers went into the shop after 11pm and saw five customers eating food, with more coming into the shop and being seved. Mr. Melin told the officers that he had asked for application forms, but claimed the council had sent the wrong ones. The council confirmed in court that the correct forms were delivered.
Cllr. Roger Latchford, Cabinet Member for Culture and Economy, said: “This should send out a strong warning to anyone who thinks that they can sell hot food or drinks after 11pm at night. The simple fact is that they can’t without a premises licence and to get one, they need to apply to the council.”