Cheshire Constabulary's special unit joins forces to target those flouting licensing legislation Date published: 6th April 2018 12.58pm

Officers from Cheshire Police Special Constabulary Pro-active Licensing Unit joined forces with several partner agencies to crack down on those flouting licensing legislation within the restaurant and alcohol trade in the Ellesmere Port area.

On 29 March, police were accompanied by colleagues from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s licensing team and trading standards, the Special Constabulary and UK Border Agency as they visited a number of premises in the town during the evening operation.

Although they found that the majority of outlets were complying with their licensing conditions, there were some who did fall foul of the law.

Indian restaurant, Light of India, on Whitby Road, was shut down after fire officers deemed the premises to be unfit for habitation, and also due to hygiene and licensing breaches which caught the attention of council officials. There were also two illegal employees, dealt with by colleagues from the UK Border Agency.

Elsewhere, an off-licence which was employing an illegal worker and also stocking non-duty paid foreign alcohol.

Special Sgt Michael Harrison said: “When businesses flout the laws made to protect the customer, they are putting people at risk, including their own staff. That’s why it’s important that we take part in these multi agency operations to clamp down on violations and remind business owners that we will come knocking, and we will take action to protect the consumer.”

The Council’s Director of Place Operations, Maria Byrne said: “This is an excellent example of the regular partnership working that takes place between our Regulatory Services officers, Cheshire Police and other agencies.

“Our officers are multi-skilled with knowledge of food hygiene and health & safety as well as licensing, so their visits are less intrusive to businesses.”

Anyone with information or concerns about licensing breaches should contact the Council’s Licensing Team on licensing@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.