Leeds takeaway gets costly legal order

A Leeds takeaway owner has been told to fork out more than £3,000 after falling foul of licensing rules over late night food sales.

Maqsood Hussain, the owner of Leeds Road-based Waj's in Allerton Bywater, ignored a number of warnings from council enforcement officers about the need to obtain a premises licence or temporary event notice when selling hot grub after 11pm.

Now he has received a 12-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty at Leeds Magistrates' Court to providing hot refreshment without a licence.

Hussain was also ordered to pay 3,140 costs.

Leeds City Council's John Mulcahy said: "This conviction shows how important it is for businesses to have the right licences for their premises."

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