Castle Point Borough Council have successfully prosecuted Mr Hassan Oney trading as Proper Pizza and Pasta at 115 Furtherwick Road Canvey Island. Southend Magistrates Court found Mr Oney guilty of an offence under the Licensing Act 2003 of unauthorised licensable activities selling late night refreshments after 11pm.
The business owner entered a guilty plea at a hearing at Southend Magistrates Court on Wednesday 8 August 2018 and was ordered to pay a fine and costs totalling £870.
The prosecution case was brought by the Borough Council after complaints were received about the business opening late into the night without a late night refreshment licence and taking custom from other lawfully licensed businesses. This conviction demonstrates that the Council will take firm action against any person who wishes to ignore licensing legislation.
Councillor Godfrey Isaacs Cabinet Member responsible for Neighbourhoods and Safer Communities comments that : This business was opening late at night without the benefit of a proper licence granted by the Council. The Business owner has now received a substantial fine and been required to apply for the correct licence to run his business. This case sends a clear message to any person who thinks that they can ignore the licensing law that the Council will take prosecution action which will result in a heavy fine or other penalty being imposed by the Court.
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