When The Cure Is Worse Than The Disease…

These are the two men police want to speak to after a customer was smashed over the head with a glass bottle in an unprovoked attack at a violence-plagued Manchester city centre takeaway.

It’s shocking, this violence at late-night take aways. Someone should do something about it.

Oh. Wait!

Last week the M.E.N. revealed that the takeaway, in Manchester’s Gay Village, had been banned from opening late at night after a string of incidents including the above attack, which happened at 5am on December 7.

GMP requested a review of the venue’s premises licence in January, after warning bosses about improving security, CCTV and not opening longer than their licence allowed.

It can no longer sell food or drink between 11pm-5am with council bosses withdrawing its premises licence over safety and environmental health concerns.

Well, that’s ‘something’. No take aways, no problems! And if you just wanted a bite to eat late at night, tough!

It’s increasingly a policy that the police pursue, as Anna Raccoon points out, with no apparent thought that this is not their decision to make in a free society.

7 comments for “When The Cure Is Worse Than The Disease…

  1. Derek
    February 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Who said thet we still live in a free society? It is getting more like a police state every day. People are frightened to say what they think, in case it upsets someone, and the police come knocking at their door. Freedom of thought, freedom of speach, freedom of religeon, all fast dissapearing.

    • February 25, 2013 at 5:47 am

      Sadly, I fear you are right…

  2. john in cheshire
    February 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I don’t know anything about this story but on the face of it, it is another example of everyone being punished because of the behaviour of the few. And, of course, it’s easier for the police; no effort is needed to actually do the job they are paid for : to serve and protect the general public. And in another case that I actually know about, an acquaitance of mine was in a club in Manchester, just before Christmas, when he intervened when a young man was being abusive towards a young woman. I am told that there were club bouncers nearby watching this and doing nothing. For his trouble, my acquaintance was punched in the face. The bouncers then ejected him and his assailant. Outside, the young thug hit my acquaintance again, such that he broke his jaw. Two bouncers on the door watched this happen and did nothing. When reproached for this inactivity, they said it hadn’t happened on club premises and so was nothing to do with them. Of course, the first punch wasn’t mentioned. That’s how unpleasant and dangerous to ones health is going out for a civilised night in our cities. The lesson to be learned though is don’t get involved because no one will come to your assistance. How sick is that?

  3. February 25, 2013 at 5:50 am

    “The lesson to be learned though is don’t get involved because no one will come to your assistance. How sick is that?”

    Very. And one very well learned.

  4. Furor Teutonicus
    February 25, 2013 at 9:40 am

    XX GMP requested a review of the venue’s premises licence in January, after warning bosses about improving security, CCTV and not opening longer than their licence allowed.

    It can no longer sell food or drink between 11pm-5am with council bosses withdrawing its premises licence over safety and environmental health concerns……………..

    It’s increasingly a policy that the police pursue, as Anna Raccoon points out, with no apparent thought that this is not their decision to make in a free society. XX

    And it is NOT a decission the POLICE made. They reacted within the law, and asked for a review.

    It was THE COUNCIL” who withdrew the licence, as you will find out if you READ your post, NOT the Police, acting “off their own bat.”

    • ivan
      February 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

      The only problem Furor is that no council is about to go against the wishes of the police – if they did it would make the headlines and I haven’t seen any lately. So essentially it is the police that are doing it to make things easier for them and be damned to the needs of the public.

      • Furor Teutonicus
        February 25, 2013 at 4:49 pm

        Then blame the councilors.

        The police are doing the job they are tasked with, and have been doing so, in this kind of case, since “licensing” was first dreamed of.

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