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Tony’s has licence torn up after flouting rules

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

18/06/13 Tony's delight one star hygiene rating - Tony's Delight, 75 High Street,, Burton Tony's Delights - One star hygiene rating.

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TOWN hall bosses have told a Burton takeaway it can no longer serve after 11pm after it repeatedly flouted its licence conditions.

East Staffordshire Borough Council licensing chiefs tore up the late-night licence for Tony’s Delight during a meeting which was held behind closed doors because of ongoing criminal proceedings involving the High Street takeaway.

Staffordshire Police and the borough council took action after the outlet was repeatedly found in breach of its current conditions and licensing objectives.

Jed White, of Staffordshire Police’s licensing department, told the Mail an application was made to revoke the licence after a detailed and systematic investigation.

He said: “We did not apply to take the licence off them on a whim but we felt we had no choice when it carried on, and on, and on.

“We felt we were not getting anywhere so we took it to the licensing committee and they made their decision.

“We are happy with the outcome from the licensing group, which is a message to licensed premises that their conditions are there to be adhered to.

“If they don’t, they could go before the committee where they could lose their licence, and their livelihood.”

Members of the public and press had been barred from the hearing due to a criminal investigation into an undisclosed incident last year.

As a result of that hearing, Tony’s Delight can no longer serve hot food and drink between 11pm and 5pm.

A spokesman from the borough council said: “The review included numerous breaches of the premises licence conditions and also that three of the licensing objectives were not being upheld.

“Due to ongoing criminal proceedings the matter was exempt.”

The takeaway, which offers burgers, pizzas and kebabs, made the headlines in the summer when inspectors awarded the outlet a one-star hygiene rating.

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