Takeaway owner without licence handed £3,000 bill

A TAKEAWAY owner is facing a £3,000 bill after ignoring advice and refusing to get a licence so that he could sell hot food late at night at his property.

Maqsood Hussain, the owner of Waj's, Leeds Road, Allerton Bywater, ignored several warnings from council entertainment licensing enforcement officers about the need to obtain a premises licence or temporary event notice to sell hot food after 11pm, or he should cease all licensable activities.

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At Leeds Magistrates' Court earlier this month, Hussain pleaded guilty to providing hot refreshment without a licence. He received a 12 month conditional discharge, and was ordered to pay 3,140 costs.

Speaking afterwards, John Mulcahy, head of licensing and registration for Leeds City Council said: "It is very important that takeaways and other businesses within the Leeds area are aware of the various licences they need for their premises if they choose to undertake certain activities."