Greggs has lost a battle with police over plans to sell sausage rolls 24 hours a day amid fears it would be a “hotspot” for crime and disorder.
Plans to keep the doors of its new shop Leicester Square open all night were dashed on Friday after the Metropolitan police and Westminster councillors rallied against the popular bakery.
The council said that while the store which opened earlier this month would likely provide a boon to the area, it could also become a “hot spot for late night disturbances” and anti-social behavior” if allowed to remain open at night.
Aicha Less, the council’s cabinet member for licensing and communities, told MyLondon: “We’re as excited as anybody about the arrival of Greggs in Leicester Square and I’m sure people across the West End will flock to get themselves a sausage roll, steak bake or jam doughnut.
“However, legitimate concerns have been raised by the police and local people that these plans are half baked.
“There are concerns that businesses serving 24/7 in the city center creates challenges and that the bakery could become a hot spot for late night disturbances and anti-social behaviour.”