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MetiNews.Com - Fines totalling £7,400 were handed out after a party was found in full swing
Breaking News ! An award-winning Indian restaurant has had its licence revoked after police discovered more than 60 guests at a lockdown wedding reception. Officers visited Hot Chilli, in Bolton, on February 21 and found a wedding party in full swing, a Bolton Council licensing hearing was told. The event, when indoor mixing between different households was prohibited, resulted in fixed penalty notices of £200 being handed out to 37 adults - totalling £7,400. It prompted a review of the restaurant’s licence at the request of police. Hot Chilli restaurant in Bolton (Image: ABNM Photography) Before the hearing, all parties were shown video footage recorded by Greater Manchester Police of what they found on the day. PC Andrew Hopwood said there had been a report to the police that an Indian wedding was taking place inside the restaurant, in Duscar Business Park, Egerton, with approximately 60 people inside. He said a further 20 people had just turned up. When police arrived they found around 60 adults and children people in attendance but the bride and groom were not present. Read More Related Articles 18 people are in hospital in Bolton with coronavirus - five of whom have had one vaccine jab Read More Related Articles 'C'mon Bolton!' Paddy McGuinness posts message of support for town amid Covid surge The party-goers were sat down at tables awaiting food service. Shek Shah, the owner of the business, addressed the panel and said due to health reasons he had appointed a manager to run the business, but he then went abroad.
. He felt that he had been put in a very difficult position by the manager and if he had known he would not have put the community at risk. He said he had a good reputation within the community and took full responsibility for the event and that “there was no excuse, it was just a mistake”.
Mr Shah felt that he had been targeted by the police and had been given conflicting advice on changes in legislation relating to Covid-19. Since the incident, he said the premises had been subjected to abuse on social media and customers boycotting the restaurant. A decision notice published after the hearing gave the panel’s reason for revoking the premises licence of Hot Chilli, which bagged a top award at the Asian Restaurant & Takeaway Awards in 2019.
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It said: “We were of the opinion that the premises had deliberately breached the restrictions which were in place and had complete disregard to the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder, public nuisance and public safety. “We also took account of the video footage which clearly attributed blame to the premises. “We were satisfied that revocation of the licence was a necessary and proportionate response in order to address the concerns that instigated the review.”
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