POLICE have withdrawn an objection to a pizza and chicken takeaway shop’s application for a premises licence to sell alcohol.

The application by Golden Pizza and Chicken, in Dumbarton Avenue, Stockton, was due to be heard by members of a licensing sub-committee at Stockton Council.

The shop said beer and wine would not be for sale in the premises, or on their own, but instead be ordered by customers either online or via the phone to accompany takeaways, whether for collection or delivery.

Applicant Yoganathan Kapilan said it had many regular customers who wished to order alcohol, rather than buy it from other places.

Police had objected on the grounds of crime and disorder and public nuisance.

But a spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said conditions attached to the proposed licence had now been agreed with the takeaway and their objections had been withdrawn.

Mr Kapilan’s application had listed a number of measures intended to comply with public safety objectives.

In terms of deliveries, the application said alcohol would only be delivered to the person who placed the order and whose name appeared on a credit/debit card, if used.

Deliveries would also only be made to the address where the order was first placed.

It said delivery would be refused if the driver believed alcohol was being bought on behalf of another person below 18 years of age.

The application said: “All staff will be fully trained in relation to the laws relating to the sale of alcohol to underage persons, persons buying on behalf of under 18s, persons appearing to be under the influence of alcohol and also the operation of the associated ‘Challenge 25’ policy.”