Kebab at 5.30am? Plans for longer takeaway hours

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TWO late-night takeaways must wait to see if they will be allowed to stay open later.

Rishi Ozcan Duzel, the owner of Salmans takeaway in Church Street and Little Bites fast food trailer in Market Place, has applied for permission to trade until 6am on the busiest nights of the week. The police objected to the plans, saying they feared increased public order offences outside both premises’.

But town centre management firm Rugby First has supported the application, saying it was vital independent traders in Rugby were supported.

Warwickshire Police said: “Since May 2011 and December 2011 between 3am and 6am in Church Street, the location of Salmans, there have been 25 incidents of rowdy, nuisance or violent behaviour. Keeping this shop open past 4am will cause an increase in crime and disorder during those hours.”

The police also fear that large crowds loitering outside the shop are also at risk from passing traffic and have asked that if the licence is granted, that the shop employ door staff and install CCTV that will cover public areas.

Robin Richer, of centre company Rugby First, said in response: “All the major night venues have licences until 4am, which means that by the time they come onto the street the shop is closed.

“It is important our independent traders are given every chance to survive in these difficult economic times.

“To snuff out the only competition McDonalds has in Market Place would be a mistake.”

No date has yet been set by the council’s License Committee to discuss the matters.