Leeds restaurant could be stripped of its licence over allegations of illegal waste dumping

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A LEEDS city centre restaurant could be stripped of its licence after accusations of mountains of food and other rubbish being illegally dumped on the public highway, and the owners’ apparent refusal to clean up their act.

The bosses of Miah’s Kitchen in York Place have been summoned before a Leeds city council licencing panel to defend an 80-page dossier of evidence compiled by police and environmental officers.

A report to be presented to the committee next week catalogues months of failed attempts by the authorities to spur the owners into positive action.

These include TWELVE different summons letters, and warrants of arrest being issued for the managers of the premises. A magistrates’ court hearing was also organised, the report says, but the owners did not turn up.

Police are now seeking a closure or temporary suspension of business at the restaurant, which has won rave reviews in the past.

“The decision to request a closure of the business is not taken lightly but the continued criminal behaviour by such large amounts of food and other waste being illegally deposited on the highways is not acceptable,” the report says. “Despite being summonsed to attend the Leeds Magistrates Courts, the defendants have not made any efforts to contact either ourselves, the legal team, or the courts service and continue to flout the law.

“The health issues associated with uncontained and flytipped waste are obvious and the vermin and odours produced are preventable by adopting the same methods of containing trade waste and disposing of it lawfully [as] other businesses. The company has shown a total disregard for the law and any associated duty of care involved.”

The YEP contacted the restaurant for comment but no response had been received at the time of going to press.

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