Pewsey restaurant has alcohol licence suspended

Pewsey restaurant has alcohol licence suspended

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:51pm 29th January 2020.

2 minute read

The Tale of Spice on North Street won't be able to serve alcoholic drinks for the next three months.

Wiltshire Council revoked the licence until 16th April, following a request from the Home Office.

Their Immigration Enforcement department raised concerns after finding people were working at the restaurant illegally on a number of occasions:

  • On 20th September 2019, there were seven people identified as working illegally
  • Five people were found to be working illegally there on 18th August 2018
  • A visit on 4th April 2014, also found six people working there illegally
Wiltshire Council County Hall Trowbridge
The licensing decision was made during a Wiltshire Council licensing meeting

The suspension was asked for on the grounds that the licence holders have 'failed to meet the licensing objective of the prevention of crime and disorder'.

The Tale of Spice do have a right to appeal the decision too.

Another restaurant in Chippenham has also been subject to a similar suspension.

Councillor Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: 

"These are the first cases of this type that we've dealt with and the outcomes demonstrate how vital it is that employers carry out full and thorough checks to ensure that the people they employ are legally allowed to work in the UK, and take steps to protect vulnerable individuals.  
 
"The suspension of these licences of the two restaurants will likely result in a loss of trade for them and we hope it sends a clear message that such matters aren't acceptable." 

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