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Chips are down but clubbers back grill

PUBLISHED: 21:35 12 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

CLUBBERS have hit back over plans to force the owners of a Felixstowe seafront takeaway to close up early because of problems of drunken youths.

They say revellers leaving the resort's night spots will still gather in the same place - and fear the situation could worsen and lead to vandalism if there is no food outlet to keep them occupied while saying goodnight or waiting for taxis.

CLUBBERS have hit back over plans to force the owners of a Felixstowe seafront takeaway to close up early because of problems of drunken youths.

They say revellers leaving the resort's night spots will still gather in the same place – and fear the situation could worsen and lead to vandalism if there is no food outlet to keep them occupied while saying goodnight or waiting for taxis.

Dozens of young people hang around at the Ordnance Roundabout in the early hours after leaving the clubs as part of their journey home.

But residents have branded the area Lagerloutsville and complained of disrupted nights with gangs of youngsters causing disturbance and danger.

Police have been concerned at more than 100 youngsters meeting regularly, with drunken shouting and screaming, play fighting, and people spilling into the road. The crowds also provide a ready audience to boy racers and on one occasion covert video surveillance resulted in a motorist being prosecuted for performing stunts to entertain the crowd.

The Bodrum Grill takeaway has been blamed for attracting the young people – especially as it stays open until 4am and later.

Owner Mehmet Yalcin has had a closing order issued against him by magistrates forcing him to close at 2am. He has appealed against the order.

But clubbers say they do not go to the Ordnance because of the Bodrum and it is unfair to make Mr Yalcin close, putting his business in jeopardy.

Carrie Calver, 30, who works for a Felixstowe forwarding agent and uses the clubs, said closing the Bodrum would make no difference to the situation.

"People gather at the junction because that is where the taxis are and that is a place where people go their different ways – and they still will," she said.

"A bag of chips or a kebab is the way people like to end their night out. I think if this takeaway is closed then that is when there could be trouble, like when we used to have windows smashed, with people getting bored."

And she had a message for residents, especially those who had moved in since the clubs opened: "Did these people ever have a good night out when they were younger?

"If they don't like the noise, have they not thought about moving to a quieter location in Felixstowe or perhaps Woodbridge, where there are no nightclubs?"

Clubbers say staff at the Bodrum clean up outside the premises regularly until 5am and leave is no mess, and are only trying to make a living.

Mr Yalcin's appeal is due before Ipswich Crown Court on December 10 and 11.

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