Drug and illegal gambling concerns raised in restaurant drinks licence application (From Times Series)
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Police object to The Greedy Greek in Friern Barnet application for alcohol licence
Concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour have been raised after a Friern Barnet restaurant applied for a drinks licence.
The Greedy Greek, in Friern Barnet Road, wants permission from Barnet Council to sell alcohol in its 50-seater restaurant between 1pm and 11pm Monday to Saturday, and until 10pm on Sunday.
The owner insists the premises will only be used as a family restaurant, but police and local councillors have objected to the plans.
Sergeant Mark Altman of Barnet Police said in his objections that “the restaurant has come to the attention of police on numerous occasions relating to the use and supply of drugs and illegal gambling activity”.
Local councillor Kate Salinger said the area was already a “crime hot spot” and said she believed the licence would not assist an ongoing police operation to make the area safer.
Fellow councillors Pauline Coakley-Webb and Barry Rawlings wrote to the licensing committee telling them they had received several complaints of anti-social behaviour in the area.
The council’s licensing committee will meet at 10.30am on Wednesday morning to assess the application.
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