BRIDGWATER NEWS: Fighting, ASB, criminal damage -not really what you want on a takeaway menu
POLICE have revealed a catalogue of violence and anti-social behaviour problems at takeaway outlets in Bridgwater town centre in 2017.
Fighting, anti-social behaviour, threats towards takeaway staff, women exposing themselves, criminal damage....the list goes on and is probably just the tip of the iceberg.
The police gave a list of some of the incidents involving late-night takeaway outlets in Bridgwater in the first seven months of 2017 from January to July to Sedgemoor District Council’s licensing and gambling panel which met on Tuesday (September 5, 2017) to discuss an application to allow the Domino’s pizza takeaway to stay open until 3am.
The panel decided to approve the application by applicants AKS Partners Ltd and said there was not enough strong evidence given by the police and environmental health team to suggest that Domino’s staying open until 3am would cause any problems in the Eastover area.
A police officer had told councillors that the number of incidents contained in their records regarding late-night refreshment premises was “not necessarily an accurate depiction of the issue” as some may never have been reported or dealt with by the premises themselves.
The problems are probably duplicated in town and city centres up and down the country, but they still do not make nice reading when they happen on your own doorstep.
Here is a just a flavour of some of those incidents which have been recorded at some of Bridgwater’s town centre takeaway outlets.
July 31, 2017, 3.11am: Twenty youths caused a nuisance and went into toilets and threw drinks and food around. Left the premises before police arrived.
July 6, 2017, 0.39am: Two people assaulted outside premises. Two males chased a victim into a shop where they started to punch and kick him.
July 1, 2017, 11.33pm: Two males went out of a takeaway and assaulted another male.
June 22, 2017, 3.23am: Lorry driver delivered stock to a takeaway and found a male asleep on the floor in the store. The male had wandered in before staff locked up and staff had left the rear doors open due to hot weather.
May 27, 2017, 3.35am: Fifteen people outside a shop involved in a drunken brawl.
May 13, 2017, 4.42am: Reports of a male in premises trying to start a fight.
April 22, 2017, 2.32am: Large fight between staff and customers.
April 18, 2017, 11.44pm: Back door left open at takeaway while staff were walking in and out with rubbish, while someone entered premises and took items including staff phone and handbag.
April 7, 2017, 2.14am: Youths kicked and punched windows and made threats towards staff.
April 6, 2017, 3.20am: Two females exposed themselves.
April 3, 2017, 4.57am: Two drunken males entered premises and got angry when asked to leave – they became abusive to staff and threw things about.
March 25, 2017, 0.29am: Phone threats to beat up staff were received at a takeaway.
February 18, 2017, 4.20am: Drunken women asleep for one hour in a takeaway and then became verbally abusive when woken.
January 15, 2017, 1.07am: Victim punched in the face – three people arrested for affray.
January 5, 2017, 3.19am: Three males found fighting inside premises.
MORE NEWS – Domino’s wins 3am licence application from Sedgemoor District Council - http://www.bridgwaterpress.co.uk/blog/2017/09/08/bridgwater-news-domino-s-gets-a-pizza-of-the-late-night-business/ .