HEALTH & SAFETY / LICENSING
Live event industry

An operation inspecting nightclub and pub door bouncers across South Wale s found 31 working without a licence. More than 600 door supervisors were spoken to in a check of 223 licensed premises on Saturday 25th March according to a report from the BBC. Police and the Security Industry Authority (SIA) acted after concerns raised by the public. Pubs and clubs in Cardiff, Barry, Merthyr, Pontypridd, Bridgend, Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea were all visited at the same time. By law, door supervisors must obtain an SIA licence. Those without one are committing a criminal offence, which carries fines of up to £5,000 or six months prison sentence. And local authorities have begun to use provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 to close down fast food outlets which are magnets for late night trouble. The Warwick Pizza and Kebab shop in Carlisle, Cumbria, was refused a post 2am licence to serve hot food. Police said that the area around the takewaway were ‘without a doubt’ the city’s worst area for alcohol related violent crime. 48 incidents were reported last year to November 24th. And in Blackpool the Funny Boyz takeaway has been closed at a specially convened meeting of the Local Authority licence committee after health and safety breaches, police evidence of weapons found on the presmises and numerous incidents of violence culminating in a murder. The licence holder, Tariq Mohammed Albattikhi , appeared at the town hall with legal representation and now has 21 days to appeal the decision, during which his business can stay open. This was the first such application made in Blackpool under the new powers of the Licensing Act 2003. Finally  Stafford Borough Council has warned takeaway owners to ensure they have the correct licence after a kebab shop owner was fined for serving food after 11pm after the owner of Piccolo’s Pizza and Kebab Land in Stone was fined £300 and ordered to pay £210 costs. Under the Licensing Act 2003, which legalised 24-hour drinking, all places serving hot food or drink for immediate consumption between 11pm and 5am must now have a licence. The legislation covers super-markets and cinemas as well as pubs, restaurants and takeaways