Peterlee pizza shop where owner stabbed a customer loses late-licence bid

Bakir Ahmed Ali outside of Uk Pizza in Yoden Way, Peterlee. Picture by FRANK REID
Bakir Ahmed Ali outside of Uk Pizza in Yoden Way, Peterlee. Picture by FRANK REID
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A CONTROVERSIAL pizza shop has been stripped of its late-night licence on public safety grounds after police told how the owner – convicted of stabbing a customer – can’t control his temper.

UK Pizza in Yoden Way, Peterlee, lost its bid to stay open late after police attended 17 incidents of violence or yobbish behaviour in two years – mainly involving staff allegedly attacking customers.

Now, civic chiefs say there is no place for this kind of behaviour in Peterlee and they vowed to support police to make the town safer for residents.

Durham County Council’s statutory sub-licensing committee heard how police found two table legs and a hammer under the shop counter – which could be used as weapons.

Sgt Tim Robson described a catalogue of other incidents at the shop, including town centre CCTV footage showing owner Bakir Ahmed Ali and a member of staff chasing a man while brandishing weapons.

Sgt Robson, of the police’s licensing unit, said it was clear that from the number of incidents associated with the premises, Mr Ali has “little control of his temper and the management of his staff and is unable to compose himself in a suitable way when dealing with drunk and perhaps violent or racially aggressive customers.” Councillor Bill Jeffrey, leader of Peterlee Town Council, said: “There is no place for this sort of thing. Everybody should be able to go about their way without having to have any worries about being stabbed or injured.”

Councillors ruled the shop must close at 11pm. Afterwards, Ali told the committee: “You will never hear of UK Pizza having any more problems.”

He has 21 days to appeal.