Wisbech caf� set to sell alcohol alongside meals after allaying police disorder fears

A WISBECH caf� looks set to be able to sell alcohol alongside its meals after convincing police it would create no further disorder in the town.

Sgt David Bax originally objected to Britannia Caf�’s wishes of selling alcohol in what he believed would be “a similar way to that of a public house”.

He said that there were already a large number of both on and off licensed premises within Wisbech town centre and that the “cumulative effect of another licensed premise could lead to further disorder”.

However, after officers attended the Blackfriars Road caf� at the end of July they established that owner Ibrahim Sarica wishes to sell alcohol to simply “supplement his business”.

In discussions with Mr Sarica the police we able to agree a number of conditions in order to help him secure a licence to sell alcohol.

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Police recommended that alcohol must only be served and consumed with a meal so that people do not attend the caf� to purchase drink only.

Mr Sarica has insisted alcohol will only be sold in operational hours and that it must be consumed inside his premises.

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He has agreed to install CCTV, emergency lighting and adhered to the ‘Challenge 21’ proof of age scheme.

A Fenland District Council licensing committee hearing will make its decision tomorrow.

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