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Police crack down on licence breaches at seven premises in Bridgend County

Police in Bridgend have used their powers under the Licensing Act, working with the local authority, to either revoke or suspend licenses on seven premises in Bridgend County over the past 18 months.

Action was taken against the following premises;

· Golden Lion, Aberkenfig

· Maesteg Charcoal Grill

· Momtaj Indian restaurant, Maesteg

· Golden Bowl, Bridgend

· Noble House, Pencoed

· Cheeky Chillies, Porthcawl

· Clwb Calon Lan, Blaengarw

The operations, intended to crack down on licence breaches and illegal workers, involved a number of agencies including officers from Bridgend and the UK Border Agency. The purpose of all the operations were to check compliance with licence conditions

The Licensing Act enables officers to seek revocations to close licensed premises if the premises show they have breached their licence terms.

Police Sergeant Dave Williams said: “These operations are designed to cover various offences including immigration fraud, licence breaches and the selling of alcohol to under-age customers. Licensing laws are there for a good reason and breaking them is not acceptable and is illegal. We are keen to work with licensed premises but we will deal with any criminal activity or licence breaches as those people who break the licensing laws are also harming their local communities.”

PS Williams added: “All these businesses were blatantly flouting the rules despite being reminded of their responsibilities and being given a chance to mend their ways.

“Prevention of crime and disorder is a key priority for our licensing team and it is essential people visiting our town centers feel safe.”

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