Two shops in West Ealing at the centre of serious disorder issues have had their alcohol licences revoked.
Broadway stores Cudi Food Centre and Broadway International Food Centre had seen numerous violent and illegal incidents occur at their premises over recent years.
It resulted in police applying to Ealing Council as the licensing authority to review the licences of the businesses. And its licensing sub-committee revoked the licenses at separate meetings held at the beginning of March.
Broadway International had witnessed a rise in the number of serious incidents associated with the premises over the past two years.
These included an attempted murder report, and three grievous bodily harm and two common assaults. Most involved alcohol and more than 90% occurred between 11pm and 6am.
The convenience store and off licence, which sells a wide range of continental products, fruit and vegetable, also sold alcohol to a minor during a test purchase in July 2014, and had a large quantity of non-duty paid stock seized by police and HMRC officers in July 2015.
The police application had 21 statements of support, including the public health authority, health and safety authority, the council’s community safety team, local residents and neighbouring residents’ associations.
'We must take tough measures'
Similarly, the application against Cudi Food Centre also attracted widespread support with representations from residents and residents’ associations.
The application suggested criminality associated with the supermarket, such as supply of non-duty alcohol, assaults at the premises and sale of alcohol to a minor, had contributed to ongoing issues that had a negative impact on the area.
The supermarket, located directly opposite Dean Gardens, also had a history of failing to manage the business and comply with licensing conditions. In August 2010, a letter was sent to the designated premises supervisor after an inspection by council officers found fire extinguishers were in need of maintenance, in breach of fire safety regulations and licence conditions.
Following the decisions, Cllr Pat Hayes, head of regeneration and housing at Ealing, said: “The council and the police work in partnership to assist businesses to improve their performance and comply with licensing regulations.
"We must put the wellbeing of the wider community first and take tough measures to protect them against persistent anti-social behaviour.
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"Criminality associated with these two premises has blighted the lives of the local community for too long and we welcome the decision to revoke their premises licence.
“We are grateful for the support of local people who gave evidence to the sub-committee. In addition, the police provision to enforce our controlled drinking zones and assist our efforts to make the borough safer for everyone.”
Broadway International has since appealed the decision, while Cudi opted not to.