Peri Peri's Chickenland bid to stay open until 3am refused
TAKEAWAY restaurant Peri Peri's Chickenland in Southgate Street, Gloucester, had its bid to stay open until 3am thrown out.
Police feared allowing later hours would lead to a spike in anti-social behaviour, following a 22 per cent rise in crime there in the past year.
Yesterday, members of Gloucester City Council Licensing Sub-committee ruled the takeaway could open until 1am on Friday and Saturday, with opening hours for the rest of the week restricted to midnight.
Chief Inspector Richard Birch said policing Gloucester's night-time economy was already stretched, describing takeaways as a "hotbed for disorder".
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"We have reached saturation point with the amount of late-night takeaways," he said.
"There is a significant amount of disorder between the Triangle and the Spa Road lights. There are no public conveniences open late, so urinating in the street is also a particular problem. It is not sustainable to put police resources under this kind of pressure for the night-time economy."
Police said in the past two years there were 1,375 incidents recorded in Southgate Street, of which 258 were complaints about noise or rowdy behaviour. There are four flats above the takeaway and 12 more nearby.
Neighbour Paul Jennings said he has to close his windows in summer because of the smell of smoking chicken.
He said: "People making noise at night is a big issue for us. My eldest daughter works late shifts, I don't want her coming home to find men hanging around or urinating in the street."
Peri Peri manager, Ibrar Ahmed Malik, said: "I asked police if there had been incidents inside takeaways and they couldn't tell me. It is unfair to suggest otherwise."