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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