Trio's takeaway, west Hull, stripped of late-night licence
A WELL-KNOWN city takeaway that police claim was fuelling late-night disorder has been stripped of its alcohol licence.
Trio's takeaway in Anlaby Road, west Hull, which has now been renamed Tasty, is no longer able to sell alcohol and is now forced to stop selling food at 2.30am instead of 4am.
It comes after two separate licensing reviews were carried out by Humberside Police and Hull City Council after concerns the sale of alcohol was contributing to outbreaks of antisocial behaviour.
The first review was initiated by Trading Standards following the seizure of counterfeit vodka.
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In this investigation, the police supplied supporting evidence regarding alcohol being served to those who were already drunk.
Then, following a serious assault ion November, the police made an application for an expedited review of the premise's licence, which has now been heard at Hull Magistrates' Court.
Humberside Police Inspector Wes Connolly said something had to be done to reduce the amount of disorder that was reported to them as a result of the takeaway over a number of years.
He said: "For many years, Trio's has caused Humberside Police, the local authority, residents and business a lot of issues, as they continued to sell alcohol to people who were, at times, already well in drink.
"This resulted in calls relating to antisocial behaviour in the area increasing.
"We have taken a lot of measures to try to deal with the issues, including issuing the owners of the takeaway with a number of fixed penalty notices, but the incidents did not cease and police and partners had no option but to apply for a revoke of the alcohol licence.
"The takeaway does not give the right image to people that Hull is a safe and enjoyable place to visit on a night out."
Initially, the police and council had applied for the late-night refreshments licence to be removed all together. However, this was appealed by the owners of the takeaway and the court decided to reduce the refreshments licence.
Councillor John Hewitt, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and communities, said members of the public can report any premises in the city that breaks the law with regards to the sale of alcohol to both underage people and those who are already in drink.
He said: "Our role is all about protecting the public and this prosecution shows our commitment to protecting them against businesses that break the law and offer counterfeit and fraudulently labelled alcohol.
"Our Trading Standards and licensing teams work in partnership with the police to tackle those who put the safety of the public at risk and we will continue to take action against them."