Wednesday, 7 April 2010


Illegal late night trading has cost a Margate man dearly, after he was handed a fine for selling hot food illegally from a takeaway in Cliftonville.

A licensing officer from Thanet District Council visited the premises of Roma Pizza and Ming Chinese Takeaway in Northdown Road early in January. He asked the person working in there about the opening hours of the business and was told that they were open until 1am. The licensing officer advised the man that they did not have a premises licence and that, therefore, hot food and drink could not be served after 11pm.

A few days later, licensing officers from the council were out on enforcement duties and parked near the premises. They saw the lights were still on and the front door was open at 11.30pm.

After seeing a man come out of the takeaway with a bag, they spoke to him and he showed them a receipt timed at 11.22pm, with an address in Margate and pizza details, totalling £12. The bag contained pizzas.

They then went into the takeaway and spoke to the person behind the counter and advised him that he was supplying hot food illegally after 11pm. When asked why he was still open, the man replied that they were cleaning up and would then shut the shop up. Two men were seen working in the kitchen and an inspection confirmed that the oven was still hot.

Ahmed Shah (34) from Wellesley Road, Margate, who was in charge at the time of the visit, was fined £750 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £15.


  1. that will help him no end. I wonder what the shop will become after they close down? We already have lots of empty shops maybe any new entrants to the Margate ghost town drive will not be called empty but 'resting' to coin a theatrical phrase

  2. Is the suggestion that the person coming out of the restaurant was planning to make a delivery of a pizza to someone's home address ?

    I'm not entirely sure who the 'victim' of this crime was and why they needed £15 compensation.


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