A KEBAB shop owner hopes to make his temporary late night licence permanent in order to maintain healthy competition with other nearby takeaways.

Best Kebab House, in Angel Street, has stiff competition from the likes of Shakeeys, though a temporary agreement which allows it to trade until 5am on weekends is due to run out tomorrow.

Director Abdil Yurekli said remaining open until the early hours is crucial and will allow him to continue targeting late night customers in what is a popular strip for post-nightclub eating habits.

A public consultation closes on today after which the application could be sent to the city council’s licensing committee for a decision.

Mr Yurekli, 40, took over managing company Bestay Limited in March 2017 according to Companies House, and told the Worcester News the venue became Best Kebab around two and a half years ago.

The late night refreshment licence will allow the takeaway to stay open until 4.30am Sunday to Friday and until 5am on Saturdays and serve hot food but not alcohol.

As part of the potential new licence, certain objectives will have to be met, which include maintaining good relations with police and having SIA licensed door supervisors between midnight and closing time on Friday and Saturday nights.

When door staff are on duty, a record will be kept of their badge numbers, full names and contact details, and will be available to police on request.

A log book must also be kept documenting all incidents of crime and disorder, while anyone found with drugs must be removed and police called.

CCTV must be in operation at all times while open for licensable activities and notices must be displayed reminding customers to use the litter bins provided, while door supervisors have to encourage patrons to remain quiet outside the premises.

Finally, all staff must undergo safeguarding training in relation to under 18s and training records will be kept on the premises.

Earlier this year, we reported that Angel Street is the worst in the city for crime including violence and anti-social behaviour, according to the latest police figures.

Of the 415 crimes reported in Worcester in February, 32 of them took place in Angel Street, which includes pubs and takeaways.