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Concerns raised over bid by Iceland to sell alcohol in Stratford Centre

PUBLISHED: 11:57 21 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:57 21 November 2018

The new Iceland is located in the Stratford Centre. Pic: Ken Mears

The new Iceland is located in the Stratford Centre. Pic: Ken Mears

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A bid by Iceland to sell alcohol in its branch inside the Stratford Centre has been meet with concerns by the council and police.

The budget food chain has applied to sell booze in the mall from 7am to 11pm seven days a week.

However, Gary Watson, Newham’s police licensing officer, has made a representation against the plan on the grounds of “preventing crime and disorder”.

He wrote in a statement to the licensing committee: “The premises is located in the mall where there is a lot of crime, consideration should be given to using security staff as the premises is in a high crime area,”

“There is also police concern about the late closing time.”

Iceland opened in the centre after taking over the unit from New Look earlier this year.

It has said it will have CCTV covering all the entrances and staff will ID anyone who looks under 25 years old.

Three other shops in the mall – Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Loon Fung – already sell alcohol.

John Chislett, from the council licensing team, said homeless people were “sleeping in the mall approximately 50 metres from the proposed site”.

He added: “Stratford and the Stratford Shopping Mall has a high number of street drinkers and homeless who are alcohol dependent and another source of alcohol will add to the problem.”.

A decision on its application was due to be made tomorrow, but the company asked for a deferral until December 10.

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