Feb 1 2013 By Michael Russell
Island Spice, West Ealing Broadway
POLICE failed in their plea for licensing bosses to refuse a drinks licence for a restaurant which they believed was the source of one teenager being shot and another stabbed.
Ealing’s licensing committee rejected three requests by Sergeant Graham Edwards on Wednesday that the application by Island Spice should be rejected .
He said he was in no doubt that the violence in December last year originated from Island Spice.
He said: "Although this was a one-off incident, we simply can’t ignore what’s in front of us."
He described the section of Uxbridge Road as a ‘hotspot’ and said: “There’s a lot of work going on there (by police) at the moment.”
In applying for an alcohol licence Sysben Shadrawy said she cannot sustain her restaurant without one since she switched from a take- away to a sit down restaurant. It has been closed for two weeks.
Ms Shadrawy said the violence did not break out in her restaurant and her business was not connected to the trouble outside. She was already working with the police before the fight and scaled down her application.
She had wanted to open until 4am on a Friday and Saturday with alcohol served until half an hour before.
Her application revised this to 2.30am and Ms Shadrawy had agreed to number of conditions, including installing up-to-date CCTV.
Councillors Brian Reeves, Kate Crawford and Nigel Sumner presiding over the hearing aired their concerns about plans for a lounge and bar area.
Ms Shadrawy said she had been a victim of crime and would never do anything that may lead to anyone being harmed.
She said: “I just want to sustain a business and earn a living.”
Cllr Reeves told her: “It’s been a very difficult decision. There are clearly problems in the area but on the other hand we do believe we need to get your business up and running.”
The councillors granted a licence but stipulated alcohol could only be served with a ‘substantial meal’.
Opening hours were set at 10am to 11.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 11pm on Sunday.
Another condition of granting the licence was that the restaurant must stop serving alcohol 30 minutes before closing.