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Staff at The Chatham Grill in Batchelor Street, Chatham, have stricter licencing conditions

By Lynn Cox

A kebab house has been told to hire a bouncer after violence erupted between staff and customers.

The measure is one of the stricter conditions Chatham Grill in Batchelor Street will have to adhere to after police applied to review its licence. 

The takeaway could have faced closure if councillors had not agreed to impose tighter guidelines, after staff allegedly used weapons during a brawl with unhappy customers. 

The Chatham Grill.

The Chatham Grill.

The Chatham Grill in Batchelor Street, Chatham, will now need to have at least one door supervisor at the front of the shop until closing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The shop's CCTV should also be recorded, and the footage must be kept for at least 30 days in a secure place and made available to police if requested.

Staff were also ordered to carry out conflict management training which would include how to manage angry customers and how to respond to aggression.

The conditions were added to the premises’ licence after members of Medway Council’s licensing hearing panel met last Tuesday to discuss the matter.

The review was applied for by officers following a disturbance at around 9.45pm on Sunday September 17, where it was alleged customers and staff were involved a brawl.

Police say there is an ongoing investigation into the incident, but as yet no one has been charged.

A 38-year-old man from Gillingham, a 42-year-old man from Chatham and a woman, aged 46 and also from Chatham, have all been released under investigation.

PC Daniel Hunt said: "The incident in September led us to be concerned that the shop failed in meeting its objectives of managing public safety and also the prevention of crime and disorder.

"While the shop’s licence has not been revoked, I’m pleased that the council have imposed stricter conditions which will help to ensure the shop works within its licence conditions and avoids any such repeat incident in the future.

"Had we not requested a review of this licence these extra conditions would not have been imposed and the risk to the public would have stayed the same so I’m pleased we requested this review and I’m equally happy with the outcome."

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