THE OWNERS of a Hounslow off-licence blamed for fuelling late-night crime have been banned from selling booze and had their hours slashed.
Raja Superstore, in Kingsley Road, near Hounslow East tube station, was last week suspended for two months from selling alcohol.
The store's opening hours were also cut dramatically, meaning it must now close at 11pm rather than 3am as before.
The restrictions follow a licensing review requested by police, who blamed the store for a number of fights and antisocial behaviour in the area.
They were imposed, along with the requirement for staff training, at a meeting of Hounslow Council's licensing panel last Tuesday (May 29).
It is understood the ban is subject to an appeal by the shop's owners.
Councillor Bradley Fisher said: "There have been a catalogue of incidents near the shop, including a couple of mass fights with 14 or 15 people involved.
"Residents and shopkeepers complained about having to wash down their doorsteps in the mornings because they were covered in urine and vomit.
"The (shop owners') attempts at controlling the situation were feeble."
The police report blamed crime and antisocial behaviour in the area on the shop, which it claims attracts people from afar after pubs close.
It also accused staff of keeping plastic cups and a bottle opener on a piece of string near the serving hatch, though these have been removed.
The store's owners insisted the bottle opener was used to open soft drink bottles.
They also claimed none of the incidents had taken place inside the shop and said staff had refused to serve customers who appeared drunk.
The area is already part of a controlled drinking zone (CDZ) and police hope to create a 'cumulative impact zone', covering Hounslow Central and Hounslow West, which would prevent any new business selling alcohol after 11pm.