A FAST-food restaurant has been granted a licence to sell late-night refreshments.

Pepe’s Piri Piri in Lowesmoor, Worcester, was granted the licence in May, after the owner Mutaher Shah, submitted the application the previous month.

This means the eatery is now allowed to serve hot food and non-alcoholic beverages until 2am every day, rather than 11pm, according to the licence record.

Mr Shah, aged 44 said: “It’s been good to open up later to the public. After a late night they can rely on Pepe's.

“Business has been excellent. It’s definitely been ideal staying open later.”

Mr Shah, from Redditch added: “There’s a lot of nice people in Lowesmoor. It’s up and coming.

“It’s all about working together as a team and suggesting different places to customers to help other businesses in the strip.

“There’s movement here. Things are changing. This is the gateway to the city.”

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As part of the application, submitted by United LA Ltd, there are several mandatory conditions that must be followed as part of its operating schedule.

One of the conditions include the protection of children from harm, which will be supported by all staff who will be safeguard trained in relation to under 18s.

A training record must also be kept on the premises to be represented for inspection to police or regulating authority upon request.

No alcohol is allowed on site, and notices will be displayed around the venue asking customers to leave the restaurant quietly.

A log book documenting all incidents of crime and disorder must be kept and updated.

A password protected CCTV system will be in operation whilst the venue is open and will be given to police if requested, while a trained staff member will be there at all times who can produce viewable copies.

The franchise chicken restaurant opened its doors in August last year, where the former Worcester mayor, Jabba Riaz, joined Mr Shah for the official opening.