…after all, it’d guarantee them an easy life, wouldn’t it?
A kebab shop has had its license reviewed following the death of Paul Gunner who was killed while celebrating his birthday.
Oh, and why? Did a particularly heavy kebab fall on him? Was he poisoned by one?
Well, no. He just happened to be standing outside one:
The 32-year-old was standing outside Charcoal Grill, in Bourne Road, Bexley High Street, on October 16 when he was approached by three menat around 1am.He was punched and fell to the ground and later died in hospital at 2.26am.
And can anyone tell me how that’s possibly the fault of the kebab shop? Did they work there? Had they just come from there? Is the owner putting murder-juice in the chilli sauce?
I mean, if he’d been standing outside a library, or a petrol station, would the police be seeking to close those down too?
Bexley Police asked Bexley Council’s licensing sub committee to review the shop’s licence on December 14.
This’ll be good…
PC Eddy Boston, licensing officer for Bexley, told the committee: “There is no where else to go if you come out of a pub and want to eat.“It becomes a magnet for people coming from various pubs and congregating and it can lead to tragic incidents.”
So can bus stops, taxi ranks, stations. They are all places where people leaving pubs congregate. And the odd fight breaks out there too.
Going to suggest they be closed, Eddy?
And by the way, have you cleared this action with your local fire brigade, who are doing everything in their power to persuade late-night drinkers to have a takeaway instead of burning down the house cooking chips at 2:00am?
Joined up thinking there, from the government’s employees…
PC Boston asked the committee to change the shop’s current closing time on Fridays and Saturdays from 2am to an earlier time.
If the problem is that the place is a magnet for drunken people (and who’d eat these things sober?), then it really doesn’t matter what time it closes, does it?
Of course, if they all go out of business, I’m not sure who PC Bolton thinks is going to pay his wages, if there’s no council tax from profitable businesses coming in…
Chairman of the sub committee, Councillor Michael Slaughter, said: “We do not believe the evidence supports any reduction in hours.”
Finally! Sense at last!
But hold on:
But the owner of Charcoal Grill, Ecevit Kaplankiran, was told new conditionshad been imposed on his license.These include having the CCTV system maintained and in good working order at all times and training all staff on how to use it.
He must remove all chairs and tables from the shop from 11pm to prevent people from eating inside the shop at night.
There must also be at least one Security Industry Authority door supervisor from 11pm.
In other words, he’s got to pay out more money and employ more staff to do the police’s jobs for them?
Well, in that case, why don’t we require all shops to have their own ‘quasi-police’ and get shot of the ones trying to think up new ways to avoid having to do any work?
Dilan Yildirim, representing Mr Kaplankiran, told News Shopper: “It was a tragic incident but from the beginning Mr Kaplankiran said the incident had no relevance to him and the kebab shop.
“He is pleased to have kept his hours.”
I’d be damned furious I’ve got to pay out yet more money.
Perhaps Mr Kaplankiran should figure out how much he pays in council tax to fund the police, and deduct it to fund his ‘Security Industry Authority door supervisor’ instead?
And the hunt for Mr Gunner’s attackers? How’s that going?
Three men, aged 25, 31 and 32 were arrested on suspicion of murdering Mr Gunner on October 16 but have all been released on police bail.
Hmmm, perhaps PC Boston could be better employed elsewhere?