Licence despite crime concerns

Samanta takeaway on St Nicholas Street.  Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114785
Samanta takeaway on St Nicholas Street. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 114785

A Scarborough takeaway has been granted a new licence for late night refreshment amid fears that it could lead to an increase in alcohol fuelled crime and disorder.

Police had objected to the application from bosses at Samanta, in St Thomas Street, because it had been linked to several incidents of anti-social behaviour when it was previously operating.

The matter was discussed by members of Scarborough Council’s Licensing Committee and Alkas Ali, a spokesman for business owner Syed Abdul Kashem, said they would comply with requests from Scarborough police to help minimise late night disorder and crime.

He said: “It’s an existing premises and it’s an ongoing business so it’s not going to create any further impact.”

Under current council licensing policy if a business is within the town centre Cumulative Impact Area any new applications are refused, if there is already a number of similar businesses, unless the applicant can demonstrate that any additional impact would be minimised.

Police had asked for a colour digital CCTV system to be installed at the takeaway which could provide good quality images within 24 hours of asking.

Mr Ali said there was a CCTV system already installed and there were three cameras covering separate areas – including the street immediately outside. He added: “He is happy to comply with what the licensing officer suggests and the police suggest.”

Sgt Matt France, an officer from North Yorkshire Police responsible for licensing, said he had seen the cameras but had not been able to get access to inspect them.

Committee members were happy that Mr Kashem had more than satisfied the conditions requested by the police and licensing officers.