Victory for families kept awake as cafe loses late night licence

FAMILIES last night won their bitter two-year battle against noise from a caf� a they say keeps their kids awake. The late-night license at Caf� Raj in Spitalfields was revoked by Tower Hamlets council

By Ben Homewood

FAMILIES last night won their bitter two-year battle against noise from a caf� a they say keeps their kids awake.

The alcohol and late-night license at Caf� Raj in Spitalfields was revoked by Tower Hamlets council’s licensing sub-committee.

The victory comes after families had campaigned to stop the disturbance from the caf� in Hanbury Street, which they claimed was creating such a racket that their children were unable to sleep at night.

ANGRY

The neighbour who led a delegation of 40 angry neighbours to the Town Hall with a petition, Abu Bokkor, told the East London Advertiser: “This is the best thing that could have happened for us. The noise will now finally stop after two years of campaigning.”

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But caf� owner Jamal Ahmed now plans to appeal against the decision to revoke his licence.

He said: “These claims are downright wrong. We don’t set out to cause trouble.”

Mr Ahmed refutes the findings of the council’s environment officers and now plans to take it to a magistrates’ court.

The desperate families organised the Town Hall protest to end their “sleepless nights.”