Worksop chip shop owner fined £1,000 for opening into small hours

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A Worksop chip shop owner has admitted 15 charges of opening without a valid premises licence and has been fined more than £1,000.

Colin Barton the proprietor of Nicola’s Fish and Kebab Bar, on Carlton Road, Victoria Square, Worksop, was required under the Licensing Act to hold a valid licence that would permit him to sell food and drinks between the hours of 11pm and 5am.

During a hearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, Barton admitted that between October 31 2015 and February 27 2016 he opened his chip shop between the hours of 11pm and 5am. 

The Court was also informed that Mr Barton was given warnings about opening the premises after 11pm on various dates.

Coun Josie Potts, chairman of Bassetlaw District Council’s licensing committee, said: “Laws and Acts are enforced for a reason and they apply to all businesses who wish to sell food and drink between the hours that Mr Barton wished to operate.

“It is not for individual businesses to pick and choose the laws they wish to follow. The council has engaged with Mr Barton and provided guidance at all stages of this process. We hope that Mr Barton can now correctly apply for the relevant licenceand operate a successful and legal business.”

Barton was given full credit for his early guilty plea and is now required to pay a £500 fine, £500 in costs and a £50 victim surcharge. At the hearing, magistrates also explained that regulations and licensing requirements must be complied with.