Manchester – A takeaway in Ladybarn has been ordered to pay £1612.33 after being prosecuted for operating without a licence.
Mubashir Malik, owner of Flavaz takeaway on Mauldeth Road, was fined £1,000 with £362.33 costs, £150 criminal court charge and a £100 victim of crime surcharge.
All businesses selling hot food after 11pm are required to be licensed.
Council officers visited the premises and explained to Malik that he must immediately cease late night trading and encouraged him to apply for a licence to allow future trading after 11pm.
Despite council officers’ attempts to work with Malik, he ignored their advice and continued to operate Flavaz after 11pm without a licence.
Malik eventually applied for a licence in February 2015 but was denied by the council.
Following the decision, council officers monitoring Flavaz found it to be trading after 11pm on a number of occasions between February and May 2015.
In May 2015, Malik – interviewed under caution – admitted the offence of carrying on a licensable activity without a licence.
Malik aged 32 of Brunswick Road, Fallowfield, failed to attend the Manchester Magistrates’ hearing on 28 October, the case was proved in his absence.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “The operating of this individual’s takeaway, without a licence, was a prolonged and deliberate act and demonstrated his flagrant disregard for licensing laws. Let the size of the fine be a warning to other unscrupulous businesses that operating without a licence can be a costly exercise.
“I would also like to thank our residents for bringing this matter to our attention and reassure them that we will not hesitate to prosecute businesses who flout the rules.”