Shisha bar is shut for caus­ing ‘mis­ery’

Three month clo­sure for anti-so­cial be­hav­iour

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A SHISHA lounge in Hayes has been shut down fol­low­ing nu­mer­ous com­plaints of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

The M Lounge, in Yead­ing Lane, was served with a three­month clo­sure or­der on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 21.

Po­lice said they had re­ceived more than 30 com­plaints about an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour linked to the bar, which has been open for a year, since July 2014.

Th­ese in­cluded re­ports of large groups gath­er­ing inside and out­side the premises, peo­ple shout­ing and be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner, loud mu­sic play­ing from ve­hi­cles out­side and rub­bish pil­ing up on the pave­ments.

Po­lice said such prob­lems were a daily oc­cur­rence, start­ing in the evenings and con­tin­u­ing into the early hours, caus­ing res­i­dents sleep­less nights and mak­ing their lives a ‘mis­ery’.

The bar also breached a num­ber of safety reg­u­la­tions. The London Fire Bri­gade Fire Safety Team vis­ited in early Novem­ber 2014 and found it had no fire ex­tin­guish­ers or smoke alarm.

Man­age­ment will have to en­sure they have all the re­quired plan­ning per­mis­sions and that they are com­ply­ing with health and safety reg­u­la­tions be­fore re­open­ing the bar, which spe­cialises in shisha – flavoured to­bacco smoked through a hookah, or wa­ter­pipe.

Po­lice Con­sta­ble Jessica Boy­den, of Hilling­don Po­lice, said: “This bar was not only breach­ing safety reg­u­la­tions, but also mak­ing the lives of lo­cal res­i­dents a mis­ery.

“I hope this clo­sure or­der is a warn­ing to other premises within the bor­ough that com­plaints of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and crime linked to your business will not be tol­er­ated.

“We will work with our part­ners to take you to court and have your business closed down.”

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