Police, fire and council launch joint takeaway crackdown

Local police and fire services have joined up with Gloucester City Council to clamp down on takeaway businesses flouting safety laws.

Officials carried out joint visits at 17 outlets this month and found that food hygiene and fire safety fell below the required levels in more than half the instances.

Breaches included those relating to fire safety, food hygiene and licensing.

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The council said that the lack of fire safety in many of the properties checked was particularly concerning as deep fat fryers and cooking equipment put such venues at a high risk of fire.

Two years ago a blaze broke out at TJ fish and chip shop in Gloucester after a fryer caught fire, while residents in an upstairs flat escaped unscathed last January after a fire at Khan’s Kebabs.

Chief fire officer Stewart Edgar told the Gloucester Citizen: “The targeted inspections highlighted some serious fire safety concerns in a number of premises that provided staff accommodation, so immediate action has been taken. The fire service is now working with these businesses to make sure their fire safety is brought up to standard.”

The city council hailed the campaign a success and said it planned to carry out more spot checks in future.

“This joint approach has been a huge success and has ensured that a comprehensive approach — to licensing, food hygiene, health and safety and fire safety was taken — rather than individual agencies acting on their own,” said a spokesperson.

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