Friday, 18 April 2008

Papa John's Franchisee Faces Jail Term for Unlicenced Trading After Police Crackdown

papa johns lincolnLincoln takeaway traders could face six months in prison or massive fines if caught selling hot food and drinks without the correct licence.

In a recent sting staff at six of the city's takeaways were caught operating in night-time hours - 11pm to 5am - without a licence to serve hot food and drink.

The police and Lincoln City Council's licensing team swooped on 97 venues in the city in one night.

High street businesses Lincoln Kebab House, Topkapi, Milanos and Papa John's, as well as Chicken Cottage in Wigford Way and Tower Pizza in Roman Pavement, were all caught in the clampdown.

Now both the police and Lincoln City Council are compiling reports on the crackdown, with a decision expected by the end of May.

PC Ian Figgitt, of Lincoln Police's licensing unit, said people needed to know that they could not trade without a licence.

"The police will continue to target premises operating illegally and take the appropriate action," he said."

Licensing laws aim to protect members of the public, prevent crime and disorder, prevent public nuisance and protect children from harm.

"The sting is part of an ongoing campaign targeting late night venues offering hot food and drink to city residents.

Lincolnshire Echo

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