Published on November 30th, 2010 | by Dean Carr
Licensee electronically tagged for late openings
Former nightclub boss also put under curfew for breaches
A former nightclub boss is believed to be the first licensee to have been electronically tagged for breaching licensing laws.
Kaushik Patel, the former licensee of Club Ashiania, in Forest Gate, East London, admitted 14 charges of selling alcohol and allowing music and dancing after hours.
Stratford magistrates sentenced Patel to a 60-day curfew which bans him from leaving his home between 9pm to 6am.
In summing up District Judge Gott said: “This may be Mr Patel’s first offence but the contravention is a serious flouting of the law despite being warned by the police and local authority officers, opening the premises when it should have been closed.”
Patel, 57, also had his personal licence suspended for six months and was ordered to pay £1,000 towards costs.
Police and council chiefs visited the club on five separate occasions between November 2009 and February this year and witnessed the breaches.
Newham Council’s Ian Corbett said: “This is a warning to any rogue operators out there. Our dedicated enforcement team of officers will find you. There’s no hiding place.”
Source : The Publican