POLICE have launched a bid to clamp down on a takeaway which has become a hot-spot for violence and anti-social behaviour.
A licence review application by Durham Police regarding UK Pizza, in Yoden Way, Peterlee, comes after a number of incidents at the premises over the past 12 months, including the owner stabbing a customer outside the shop.
The force’s licensing team is investigating reports that shop staff have “offered violence towards customers, not just physical violence, but using weapons including sticks and knives”.
The shop’s proximity to town centre pubs is not helping the situation, say police. They are seeking new management policies including door supervisors, reduced opening hours and CCTV cameras.
Sergeant Tim Robson, of Durham’s licensing unit, said: “Due to the premises being managed in such a manner, where violent incidents have taken place, and because of the proximity to busy pubs in the town centre, we felt it was necessary to bring the premises to the attention of the licensing pane.”
He said the shop is “subject to people coming in under the influence of alcohol but clearly having a controlled manner of dealing with customers has not happened here”, leading to staff confronting customers.
Sgt Robson said take-aways can be “problematic” if not managed properly and staff should contact police instead of taking matters into their own hands. A licence review will take place on July 9.
Shop owner Bakir Ahmed Ali, 24, of the town’s Buckingham Road, admitted unlawful wounding and possessing a knife after a man was stabbed outside the shop in March. He was due to face a crown court trial after denying wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm until the lesser charge was accepted and he was bailed until June 14. No one at the shop would comment.