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Restaurant owners in hot water after residents' nightclub claim

PUBLISHED: 11:42 22 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:06 25 August 2010

Owners of a restaurant which has been operating as a nightclub are facing a licence review after police found them flouting the rules more than once.

Owners of a restaurant which has been operating as a nightclub are facing a licence review after police found them flouting the rules more than once.

Kwadwo and Ruth Boateng were granted a licence on January 21 last year for the Sankofa House in Station Road, Belvedere, on the basis that the premises would be used mainly as a restaurant but just seven months later residents were sending flyers to the police showing that the owners were using it as a nightclub.

On July 1 this year, there were adverts on the internet for a music promotion for Saturday, July 3 and every other Sunday during the summer, which would go on until 3am.

Police told the licence holders that any other breaches of their licence would lead to a licensing review. But on July 3 at approximately 10.30pm, officers told Mr Boateng of the closing time but when they returned at 12.45am the following morning, staff were still serving alcohol and some people were only just arriving expecting the place to stay open for some time.

Police wrote to the council requesting the current licence be removed, and that conditions are amended so that alcohol can only be sold to persons taking a substantial table meal only.

The owners have since written to the council and said they would cooperate with the police and staff and would refuse to sell alcohol to customers who are drunk and disorderly.

Residents wishing to make representations have until Wednesday, August 4, and can write to Licensing Team, 2a Hadlow Road, Sidcup, Kent DA14 4AF or e-mail licensing.office@bexley.gov.uk

A date for the review hearing has yet to be confirmed.


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