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Takeaway owners appeal on closure times

PUBLISHED: 12:42 24 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

OWNERS of a Felixstowe seafront takeaway have appealed against a court order forcing it to close up early because of problems of drunken youths.

The appeal by Mehmet Yalcin gives the Bodrum Grill a stay of execution as police and council chiefs can take no action to close it until the matter is settled.

OWNERS of a Felixstowe seafront takeaway have appealed against a court order forcing it to close up early because of problems of drunken youths.

The appeal by Mehmet Yalcin gives the Bodrum Grill a stay of execution as police and council chiefs can take no action to close it until the matter is settled.

It means the takeaway, a gathering point for young people when the town's nightclubs close, can continue operating after 2am.

Magistrates confirmed a closing order made by Suffolk Coastal council in June after dismissing Mr Yalcin's appeal against it.

He has now appealed against that decision and the matter will go before Ipswich Crown Court on December 10 and 11.

Councillors had backed residents in imposing the closing order. Residents had branded the area Lagerloutsville and complained about disrupted nights with gangs of young people causing disturbance and danger.

The Bodrum restaurant and takeaway in Undercliff Road West, at the junction with the Ordnance roundabout, opens until 4am and sometimes later, but councillors and the court said it should shut at 2am.

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

Police who have kept up surveillance on the area wanted it shut at 1am. They have been concerned at more than 100 youngsters meeting there regularly after leaving nightclubs, with drunken youngsters shouting and screaming, play fighting, and 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.

The 2am closing though would bring it in line with other takeaways and restaurants in the town at weekends.

Mr Yalcin wants to stay open to help the viability of his business and because there was a need for a premises supplying food in the town at those hours. He says many youngsters will gather there even if he is not open to call taxis and he is providing them with a service and something to do while they wait.

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