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Victory for families kept awake as cafe loses late night licence

PUBLISHED: 11:40 03 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:30 05 October 2010

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 The late-night license at Café Raj in Spitalfields was revoked by Tower Hamlets council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

The alcohol and late-night license at Café Raj in Spitalfields was revoked by Tower Hamlets council’s licensing sub-committee.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

But café 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.”


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