Police kept watch at a town centre kebab shop…
For their own officers sneaking a verboten kebab, perhaps?
Are they taking their responsibilities to ensure svelte whippets in blue a little too seriously?
… after customers were spotted walking away with bags of takeaway food after closing time.
Officers visited Cheadle Kebab and Pizza five times between December and February and ordered staff to shut because they were in breach of their licence.
They even asked customers if they could check their food to prove the late-night snacks were still hot.
Didn’t want to sample the wares as well, did they?
Special Constable Louise Lewis, who was on duty with three other officers at 1am on Saturday, January 14, said: “As we left the police vehicle a man was leaving the premises. I approached the man, asked if he had been served hot food, and requested to feel the bag.
“The man stated that he had been served hot food and granted me the request to feel the bag. I felt the bag and saw that it contained hot food so we entered the premises.”
Christ, it’s like something out of ‘Hot Fuzz’! Come to think of it, maybe that was really a documentary?
Despite the police protests, takeaway owner Ahmet Kose was yesterday granted a licence to serve food until 1am at weekends by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s licensing committee.
So….the licensing irregularity is now no longer in effect? He got an extension to his license?
What will those Special Constables do with their time now?
Committee chairman Councillor Madelaine Lovatt said: “We take breaches very seriously.
“There is no excuse for not following police advice and closing on time. However, we are mindful that the clients had operated for four years with the licence they had inherited, and as far as we are aware no other issues or concerns have arisen.
“There have been no objections from residents, environmental health or any other agencies.
“There have been no incidents of anti-social behaviour or disorder.
“If there are further breaches, we would invite the police to review the licence.”
If there were no issues other than the simple fact of the licensing breach, why the hell was this ever considered a suitable case for the police in the first place?
Is Cheadle such a law-abiding place they have nothing better to do?
Licensing officer Hana Mir said neighbourhood police had first spotted the takeaway was open beyond its permitted hours on December 27 and the premises had been monitored. A further four incidents were then reported.
She told councillors there could be no confidence staff would comply with the conditions of the licence and called on the panel to delay granting the application for six months to give them the opportunity to demonstrate they could adhere to regulations.
She said: “Criminal offences have been committed. They continued trading illegally after being visited by police.”
So….bloody…what? It’s hardly the return of the Great Train Robbers, is it?
Seriously, why are we invited to weep tears of blood for the ‘cuts’ to the police when we have officers doing this sort of nonsense?