Haraldo Limited, owners of the franchise, failed to renew their licence in November 2016 and in March 2017 the licence was suspended. In December 2017 Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Trading Standards team carried out an exercise testing premises within the county borough for compliance with the Licensing Act 2003. During the exercise, hot food was sold to an officer after 11pm and staff at the store confirmed that the business was open until 1am on Friday and Saturday nights.
At Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court on 30th July 2018 Haraldo Limited, whose registered office is in Llanbradach, pleaded guilty to one offence under the Licencing Act 2003 and were fined £660, ordered to pay a surcharge of £66 and to pay costs to the council totalling £638.30. Sole director of the company, 35 year old Nicolii Peter Panayi from Caerphilly, also pleaded guilty to causing the company to commit the offence by reason of his neglect; he was fined £200 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £30.
Cllr Eluned Stenner, the council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection said “The council takes steps to raise awareness and works closely with traders in the county borough to ensure that they understand what the law requires of them and that they comply with all of their legal obligations. In this case, the owners were informed that that their licence had been suspended and made aware that they could not sell hot food after 11pm.”