Burger King becomes first fast food chain to sell alcohol in the UK

Burger King has become the first fast-food chain to be allowed to sell alcohol in the UK.

The company has won a drinks licence for its branch in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, despite strong police opposition.

The chain wanted to serve alcohol seven days a week from 10am to 11pm, but licensing inspector Matt Dee told the local council there were fears over children being put at risk, and of increased crime and disorder.

‘Other night-time economies [in the town] have door staff, CCTV, substantial staff training and policies for identifying underage customers,’ he said.

But the council gave the go-ahead after the company agreed to serve only one beer per adult, not sell alcohol after 9pm, and not allow drink to be taken outside.

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