A CITY centre takeaway has been forced to shut for four weeks after a serious early hours assault occurred there at a time when it should have been closed for the night.
The incident at Iky’s Pizza and Indian Takeaway on St Leonardgate occurred at 3.40am on Sunday, February 27 this year – but the takeaway is only licensed to open until 3am.
Police said a 19-year-old customer was repeatedly punched in the face and body in what officers described as a “nasty and unprovoked assault”.
They have yet to catch the offender, but officers called on Lancaster City Council to review the takeaway’s licence, also raising concerns that the shop had breached licensing conditions by failing to employ doorstaff and use CCTV.
At last week’s council licensing sub committee meeting, Sgt James Martin, of Lancaster Police, called for the four-week suspension of the premises licence.
The committee heard that the licence had recently been transferred from Idris Jasat to his brother Ibrahim Jasat, who was represented by Mr Tom Lord.
See the Lancaster Guardian (07-07-11) for full story.