Police have failed in an attempt to force a Birmingham kebab store owner to hire bouncers to deal with “alcohol-fuelled” customers.
In a landmark decision, the city’s licensing sub-committee refused what is thought to be the first request for door security staff at premises not selling drink.
Members did not believe guards at the entrance to the Village Kebab House, Moseley, were necessary.
The committee also rejected a police application to prevent the shop’s owner, Ashiq Hussain, from opening until the early hours at weekends.
Mr Hussain’s initial request for a 4am closing time was withdrawn, in favour of 3am – an hour later than is currently permitted.
He said he needed to open later to boost takings in the recession and to take advantage of customers wishing to eat after leaving pubs at closing time.
The decision was sharply criticised by the Moseley Society, which fears other takeaways and bars in the village will now request longer opening hours.
The Society’s secretary and the police argued that all-day opening of licensed premises has made Moseley a favourite destination for late-night revellers, leaving residents complaining about a sharp increase in noise and sleepless nights.
Mrs Adams said a closing time of 2am was “quite late enough”, particularly for people who had to get up early in the morning for work.
Councillors questioned a claim by local police officer Rachel Lamerton that the CCTV proposed by Mr Hussain outside his shop would not act as a deterrent.
Wpc Lamerton said cameras at pubs in Moseley made no difference, adding: “We still have fights, we still have issues”.
She said police had been called 15 times in 18 months to incidents including assaults, fighting and criminal damage in the vicinity of the Kebab House.
She added: “There is a catalogue of incidents involving these premises.
“People from the city centre are going to Moseley to finish their night out. Alcohol-fuelled customers will come out of the pubs and into Mr Hussain’s shop”
It emerged, however, that most of the incidents were reported to the police by Mr Hussain himself, and there was no proof that troublemakers had been using the Kebab House.
Committee member Coun Bruce Lines (Con Bartley Green) described the application for door staff to be imposed upon Mr Hussain as “very sad”.
He added: “This is the first time I have ever heard door staff requested for a takeaway.
“Mr Hussain is being penalised for all the trouble in and around the centre of Moseley village, and he is being penalised because he has reported incidents in and around his shop.”
Wpc Lamerton’s comments about CCTV were described as “extremely naive” by Allen Sartori, a director of the city centre Broad Street Business Improvement District.
Mr Sartori said the introduction of security cameras in Broad Street several years ago led to a 50 per cent fall in crime.