Late sales claim kebab shop keeps licence

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A HAWICK kebab outlet will be allowed to continue weekend trading until 2.30am.

But Scottish Borders Council’s Civic Government Licensing Committee, which met on Friday, issued a warning to the owner of Istanbul Fast Foods at 7 Oliver Place that further breaches of this deadline would not be tolerated.

The committee considered a report from police, outlining several incidents when food had been sold beyond 2.30am, in breach of the establishment’s late hours catering licence.

There was also reference to the amount of litter generated by sales.

However, members heard that the owner had submitted a policy statement with an assurance that all his staff were aware of, and would rigorously enforce, the permitted trading hours. The committee voted 6-4 not to suspend the licence.

At the same meeting, an application for a street trader’s licence from Roslin-based Steven Martin for a catering van on the A703 layby near Leadburn, close to the Midlothian boundary, was refused by the same margin.

In a report, the police said it could not support the bid “on the basis that the applicant is not a fit and proper person” under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act.

The hearing was told that Mr Martin had been convicted of drink-driving in November last year and had a previous conviction for assault, for which he was fined £800 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, in 2007.