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Leyton restaurant found guilty of breaching licence

A restaurant caught employing illegal workers has been unsuccessful in appealing their case after Waltham Forest Council revoked their alcohol licence.

In 2014 Waltham Forest Police, UK Boarder Agency and the Council’s Licensing Service visited Lagos Island at Lea Bridge Road, Leyton on two separate occasions.

During these visits six persons were arrested on suspicion that they were working unlawfully in the UK.

As a result of the arrests the Police instigated an application for the review of the restaurant’s licence and on 1 December 2014 the Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee duly carried out the review culminating in the licence being revoked.

The licence holder appealed the decision and on 17 June Waltham Forest Magistrates Court concurred with the Council and upheld the decision to revoke the licence. The Council was also awarded full costs to the tune of £1,661.

“Illegal activity of this nature will be dealt with swiftly and severely," said Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader of Waltham Forest Council and Cabinet Member for the Environment.

“Wednesday’s decision sends a clear message that we have zero tolerance towards any business breaching the terms of their alcohol licence.

“Anyone shirking the law is doing a disservice to all the honest business owners of Waltham Forest and we will continue to seek out and penalise those taking short-cuts in chase of a quick buck.” 


  • Residents who wish to report a food business in the borough that they have concerns about should email the Council’s Food Safety Team by emailing or phoning 0208 496 3000.

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