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Police oppose late license bid for pasty shop

Police oppose late license bid for pasty shop

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:14am 9th February 2019. (Updated at 8:17am 9th February 2019)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter:  Richard Whitehouse

Police have opposed plans for a pasty shop to remain open until 3am saying it could lead to crime and disorder.

The Pasty Shack in Falmouth has applied to Cornwall Council to extend its opening hours until 3am, hoping to feed revellers leaving late-night venues in the town.

Owner Sonia Papper has previously said that staying open later could attract more students and said that the Pasty Shack offers something different to other food outlets which open late in the town.

But the application, which is set to go before Cornwall Council's licensing committee next week, has attracted two objections. One from the police and another from Falmouth Town Council.

Police licensing officer Susanne Edwards said in a statement submitted to the council that there were concerns that the late opening could add to problems with crime and disorder in the area:

“Falmouth’s only two 'nightclubs' are situated in Church Street, there is no other late night refreshment premises in Church Street open for takeaway until 3am, if this premises were to remain open until this time it would encourage people to hang around in the street whilst consuming their food, those people are often ‘in drink’ and this is when incidents of crime and disorder, anti-social behaviour and noise complaints occur.

“Police are regularly being called by residents to Church Street to noise complaints in the street.

“Church Street has also seen a rise in reported crime linked to the night time economy lately, this will be evidence at the hearing. It is our belief that allowing another late night premises will add to this and have a negative impact on crime and disorder in Falmouth".

Falmouth Town Council has also objected saying that it agrees with the comments from the police.

The Pasty Shack is in Falmouth's Cumulative Impact Zone which restricts the number of late night and licensed premises which can be in the area.

The licensing act sub committee will consider the application when it meets on Wednesday February 13th.

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