Hartlepool pizza boss could be stripped of licence after undercover operation

BREACHING REGULATIONS: Davinci's pizza shop in York Road, Hartlepool
BREACHING REGULATIONS: Davinci's pizza shop in York Road, Hartlepool

A PIZZA boss could be stripped off his licence after undercover council officials caught him breaching regulations.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s Licensing Authority has ordered a review of the premises licence at Davinci’s, in York Road, after claiming that owner Atila Ozcan has shown “a consistent disregard for the law and limitations of his current licence”.

The licence issued to Mr Ozcan permits trading between the hours of 10am until midnight seven days a week.

It was initially issued in 2001 which allowed trading between 8am-11.30pm, and was then extended to allow it to stay open until midnight in 2007.

Applications to allow the shop to remain open until 2am were rejected in 2012, and then again on July 28 this year. But council papers say plain-clothed council staff were able to buy hot food beyond midnight on at least six occasions in June this year.

The officers were also able to purchase alcohol, which is not authorised by the licence, on July 6 and 7, says a report set to be discussed at a council meeting next week.

In June 2013, officers carried out similar spot-checks on the same premises and Mr Ozcan was prosecuted at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on May 20 this year.

Councillors will decide whether to revoke or suspend his licence, to modify the conditions around it or to take no action.

The report, which will be discussed at a meeting of the Licensing Sub-Committee next week, says: “As Davinci’s does not currently have an appointed designated premises supervisor, the supply of alcohol is not an authorised activity and, as such, it cannot be legally sold or supplied.

“This review is requested as Mr Ozcan, as licence holder for these premises, has shown a consistent disregard for the law and the limitations of his current licence.

“Despite being convicted he has continued to trade in breach of his licence and is therefore not promoting the crime and disorder licensing objective.” The meeting will take place at Hartlepool Civic Centre on Tuesday, September 16 at 10am.