‘Night­club’ shop loses drink li­cence

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A WO­MAN has told of her har­row­ing year-long ‘tor­ture’ liv­ing above a rowdy 24-hour Cost­cut­ter plagued by anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil this week stripped the con­ve­nience shop in Ry­land Street, near Broad Street, of its li­cence to sell al­co­hol, which could leave it an un­vi­able busi­ness.

There had been a string of com­plaints about loud mu­sic from cars in the early hours and ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour from cus­tomers.

Li­cence holder Im­ran Saghir was also ac­cused of act­ing like a ‘night­club owner’.

One anony­mous wo­man liv­ing above the shop had suf­fered prob­lems since 2017, ac­cord­ing to her ev­i­dence state­ment.

Events cul­mi­nated on Au­gust 22 when she was at­tacked as she con­fronted rev­ellers at 5am af­ter putting up with loud mu­sic for hours.

The in­ci­dent, which she filmed on her mo­bile phone, showed her plead­ing with a shop worker for help. The em­ployee, who has since been sacked, told the group to “F** * off quick, the po­lice are com­ing”.

But the wo­man was forced to flee scream­ing af­ter one youth threat­ened to “box your face in”. She was also hit in the head with a CD case that had ric­o­cheted off a wall af­ter be­ing thrown at her.

The vic­tim said she suf­fered ex­treme sleep de­pri­va­tion, anx­i­ety, had lost out on thou­sands of pounds worth of free­lance work con­tracts and en­dured a strain on her per­sonal re­la­tion­ships.

She said: “I have had in­stances in which I have felt as though I don’t want to ex­ist in this way any more and every­thing is point­less.”

Mr Saghir apol­o­gised and pleaded to keep his li­cence say­ing it was his fam­ily’s liveli­hood.

But the com­mit­tee re­voked it.

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