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Bridgwater shop has licence revoked after anti-social behaviour

The International Food Centre on Binford Place, Bridgwater. Credit: Google Street View

A shop in Bridgwater has had its Premises Licence revoked after Avon and Somerset Police raised significant concerns about linked anti-social behaviour in the town.

A review of the International Food Centre’s licence heard holder Memhet Yildirim repeatedly breached the conditions of the licence and undermined all four licensing objectives.

The police provided evidence, including CCTV footage, to the Licensing Committee which highlighted how there was a catalogue of disorder associated with the Binford Place shop.

In addition to a number of altercations in and around the shop, police also raised concerns about anti-social behaviour from customers and about the inappropriate sale of alcohol.

The local community repeatedly raised concerns to us about crime and disorder in and around Binford Place.

We’ve issued 10 dispersal orders along with three community protection warnings and as a direct result we’ve seen the number of complaints fall by two-thirds.

I am relieved that this shop, which has failed to engage with us and our partners and has failed to acknowledge the issues it has contributed to, has had its licence revoked.

– Inspector Andy Pritchard

Yachting firm boss convicted of failing to ensure Cheeky Rafiki safety

A yachting company boss has been found guilty of failing to ensure the safety of the Cheeki Rafiki yacht in which four sailors - two of whom from Somerset - were killed when it capsized mid-Atlantic.

A jury at Winchester Crown Court convicted Douglas Innes, of Whitworth Crescent, Southampton, for failing to operate the yacht in a safe manner.

His company, Stormforce Coaching Limited, was also convicted of failing to operate the yacht in a safe manner contrary to section 100 Merchant Shipping Act.

The jury are still considering manslaughter charges concerning the four crew members. James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren from Bridgwater and Paul Goslin from West Camel all lost their lives when the Cheeki Rafiki overturned in the North Atlantic in May 2014.


Man jailed after fatal drink driving crash

Lee Stoodley, 33, of Gielgud Close, Burnham-on-Sea. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A man has been jailed for 11 years after he had a fatal crash while drink driving.

Lee Stoodley, 33, of Gielgud Close, Burnham-on-Sea, crashed his BMW into a tree at a roundabout on the A38 Bristol Road at Dunball, on December 20th 2015.

His two back seat passengers suffered serious injuries and one of them, Lewis Rogers, 24, died at the scene.

Stoodley was sentenced after being convicted of causing death by careless driving whilst over the prescribed alcohol limit.

A second man, Christopher Hampton, 31, has previously admitted drink driving and aiding and abetting Stoodley drink driving. He is due to be sentenced on April 20.

PC Andy Grigg said:“Our thoughts remain with all of the families involved in this tragedy.

"Lewis’ family have had to not only endure losing a son and friend but also had to wait over a year for justice.

“Stoodley got behind the wheel of the car knowing he had consumed excess alcohol.

“He then drove recklessly, endangering those in his vehicle and other members of the public.

“I hope this acts as a stark warning to anyone thinking about driving after consuming alcohol – that decision can take a life.”

Stoodley was also banned from driving for 10 and a half years.

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