Two directors of a take-away outlet have been served up with over £6,000 worth of fines after Hounslow Council found them illegally selling food outside of licensing hours.
Kingsley Grill (formerly known as Magic Arabic Grill) at 119 Kingsley Road was illegally selling hot food after hours contrary to the licensing act 2003.
Council licensing officers and police visited the venue on five separate occasions in 2015 and witnessed the sale of hot food taking place as late as 3am. The premises were not licensed to serve food at this time and should have stopped trading at 11pm.
Despite several written warnings and several visits to the premises, the business continued to trade.
Proceedings were then brought by the Council against Mr Ali Atiyah, director of Magic Arabic Grill Ltd and Mr Mohamed Fadel Jasem, director of Sahara Arabic Grill Ltd. Both companies were registered to 119 Kingsley Road.
Mr Jasem pleaded guilty at a previous hearing but Mr Atiyah had pleaded a not guilty plea before the trial took place on Thursday 22 December 2016 at Uxbridge Magistrates Court. On the day of the trial Mr Atiyah changed his plea to guilty.
Mr Atiyah pleaded guilty to five separate offences and was fined £3,000, was ordered to pay £2,400 in court costs and was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.
Mr Jasem who pleaded guilty to one offence, was fined £400 and was ordered to pay £600 in costs. He was also ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge.
Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said: “Anyone caught trading illegally and out of licensing hours, will face the strongest possible action against them.
“There is a reason why we have these licensing rules in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents, customers and businesses. When anyone flouts the rules, it spoils it for those who comply by them. We will always take the toughest action possible and we hope that a prosecution like this serves as an example and a warning.”