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Rowdy youths put paid to late takeaway

PUBLISHED: 13:08 14 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

A SEAFRONT takeaway is to be forced to close earlier because of problems of drunken youths gathering outside when a town's nightclubs kick out.

Magistrates dismissed an appeal from the owners of the Bodrum Grill in Felixstowe - and confirmed the closing order made by Suffolk Coastal council.

A SEAFRONT takeaway is to be forced to close earlier because of problems of drunken youths gathering outside when a town's nightclubs kick out.

Magistrates dismissed an appeal from the owners of the Bodrum Grill in Felixstowe – and confirmed the closing order made by Suffolk Coastal council.

Councillors and officers were delighted at the decision, which they said would help residents who had branded the area Lagerloutsville, and complained about disrupted nights with gangs of young people causing

disturbance and danger.

The decision also exonerated the council's licensing sub-committee, which had been accused of being unreasonable because members wanted to cut the hours of the restaurant and takeaway at the Ordnance roundabout.

The two-day court hearing at Ipswich heard concerns from the police and residents, and evidence from the Bodrum Grill's owner, Mehmet Yalcin, before reaching its decision.

The Bodrum has been staying open until 4am and sometimes longer. Police had wanted the premises to shut at 1am because two of the resort's three nightclubs finish at 2am, but the council's closing order had suggested 2am.

The order also brought it in line with other takeaways and restaurants in the town at weekends.

Yesterday, chairman of the council Doreen Savage, who is also a seafront councillor, was very pleased with the outcome of the case.

"The magistrates have clearly listened to the evidence of the residents and the police and the decision of the licensing sub committee has been justified – we were not being unreasonable instipulating 2am," she said.

"The area around the restaurant has become a magnet for young people in the early hours and they cause general disruption to the whole area.

"When I went out with police on surveillance I was very frightened at what was happening there, especially the number of youngsters spilling out in to the road.

"One car coming down Garrison Lane, expecting the road to be clear at that time of the morning and not knowing what could be ahead, could have been involved in a terrible accident."

More than 100 youngsters in their late teens and early 20s gather outside the Bodrum, which stands at the junction of Undercliff Road West, Langer Road and Garrison Lane, after leaving seafront nightclubs.

Police had monitored the area a number of times and seen drunken youngsters shouting and

screaming, play-fighting, and spilling into the road.

The crowds provided a ready audience to boy-racer types and, on one occasion, covert video surveillance resulted in a motorist being prosecuted for performing stunts to entertain the crowd.

Owner of the restaurant Mehmet Yalcin wanted to stay open because he felt there was a need for a premises supplying food in the town at those hours. Many youngsters used the area to call taxis.

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