Balham takeaway Flavas owner's £5,000 fine for 'flouting' opening hours laws
The owner of a fast food joint who flouted opening hours restrictions and subjected neighbours to late night noise has been prosecuted by Wandsworth Council.
Ikramuddin Rudwal, 25, owner of Flavas in Bedford Hill, Balham, repeatedly kept his takeaway open to serve customers beyond his permitted trading hours.
Neighbours were also exposed to noise from customers who shouted, argued, slammed car doors or left their car stereos blaring.
Mr Rudwal, from Brightwell Crescent, in Tooting, carried on trading even after a warning that licensing officers were investigating complaints that he was breaching his permitted opening hours.
When the council’s licensing committee refused his application for longer opening times, Mr Rudwal carried on trading after hours anyway.
Wandsworth’s environment spokesman Councillor Jonathan Cook said: "Mr Rudwal just wouldn’t take no for an answer.
"It seems he was far more interested in boosting his profits than being a good neighbour.
"Unfortunately for him, the steep fines and court costs he must now pay will almost certainly have wiped out any profits he generated from this unlawful behaviour."
On at least 10 occasions Mr Rudwal breached his opening hours restrictions.
He was fined £1,600 and ordered to pay the council’s legal costs of £3,737 after admitting eight breaches of the Licensing Act 2003 at Richmond Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (August 13).
Any resident who experiences problems from a late night business or believes a trader is breaching the terms of their licence can call 020 8871 6160/6151 or email email@example.com.
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