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Warning for seaside late night takeaway

PUBLISHED: 00:15 29 January 2003 | UPDATED: 16:13 24 February 2010

A LATE-night takeaway has been warned that it could be forced to close at 1am after complaints about rowdy behaviour from groups of up to 100 young people.

A LATE-night takeaway has been warned that it could be forced to close at 1am after complaints about rowdy behaviour from groups of up to 100 young people.

The Bodrum Grill, Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, has been given 28 days to make representations after a decision by Suffolk Coastal District Council to start a legal process to make it shut between 1am and 5am.

The council's licensing and health committee last night unanimously agreed to apply for a Closing Order.

Mehmet Yalcin, the owner, and his wife Jill attended the hour-long meeting. They declined to comment after the decision.

They have been given the opportunity to fight to keep the premises open for the lucrative late-night business when nightclubs close.

The councillors were given a 22-page report about the kebab house, which included complaints from eight residents living near the premises and from seven police officers.

The main evidence came from Pc Richard Durrant, who has responsibility for late night premises in the town. He showed a video to the council about the noise and disturbance taking place outside the Bodrum Grill in the early hours.

The video was filmed by officers from an unmarked car on weekends after the summer when residents had complained about the takeaway. The undercover surveillance showed large crowds of people congregating outside the Bodrum Grill, spilling onto the road by the Ordnance Hotel roundabout, and shouting loudly.

Some of the councillors went on surveillance with the police. Doreen Savage, committee chairman, said there was evidence that residents did have concerns about unreasonable disturbance.

Pc Durrant's report detailed one weekend when filming took place.

He said: "The persons attending the grill house all appeared to be walking from either the Bandbox Nightclub or Lixs Nightclub in Sea Road. It was obvious from their demeanour that many were intoxicated, several were staggering and reeling and I saw two males having to be supported by companions to prevent collapse onto the pavement. They all went to the grill house.

"Although the night passed without incident the general area requires a great deal of police presence due to its volatile nature. Local residents would have been disturbed by the general noise associated with the clientele," he added.

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