'Criminal hotspot' Beeston snooker hall closed down after drugs raids and planning breach

A snooker hall in Leeds which residents said was a hotspot for criminal activity has been closed down.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 4:45 pm

Cuedos Snooker Hall and Café in Dewsbury Road, Beeston, was given an enforcement notice by Leeds City Council in 2018 after its use was found to breach planning consent.

After long-running planning action, the premises, which was most recently operating as a takeaway, has been closed down.

The closure follows two drugs raids at the property in September 2018 and December 2020.

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Cuedos Snooker Hall and Café in Dewsbury Road, Beeston (Photo: Google)

During the latter raid, police discovered a cannabis farm with 500 plants after a tip off from the community.

Two men were arrested at the scene and Class A drugs were seized.

Beeston and Holbeck councillors have welcomed the closure of the site following complaints made to them from residents about noise nuisance and criminal activity.

Coun Gohar Almas said: “The use of this site in breach of planning consent, as well as criminal activity at the premises has been an ongoing concern for local residents.

More than 500 cannabis plants were seized from the property in December 2020 (Photo: WYP)

"My ward colleagues and I welcome the news that use of the site as a snooker hall and hot food takeaway have now ceased.

"Thanks to successful enforcement action, and the joint working of all involved, this site is no longer being used in breach of planning permission.

“Importantly, we understand that the premises have been closed and taken back by the owners, and the enforcement notice remains on the land. This is good news.

"However, if residents continue to have concerns about suspicious activity at the site, they should contact the police. And as ward councillors, we will of course work with residents to address any issues that arise.”

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