A ruling to close down a fast-food takeaway in Birkenhead has been welcomed by police who said it posed "serious risks to the community."

Al Capone's in Argyle Street had its licence revoked after a joint operation carried out by Wirral Council and police.

The closure decision was made following a meeting at Wallasey Town Hall which found the shop had breached licence conditions including:

Non-payment of a licence renewal fee after a closure order issued by Environmental Health when mice were discovered in the premises.

Incorrectly labelled food products. 

Breach of electricity and theft of gas. 

No CCTV operating at the shop. 

A 28-year-old man from Upper Parliament Street, Toxteth, has been arrested on suspicion of theft of gas and bailed pending further inquiries.

Wirral Inspector Duncan Swan said: "We welcome the licencing committee's decision to revoke the licence for Al Capone's - a premises found to have significantly breached licencing, food and hygiene standards, and therefore posing serious risks to the Birkenhead community.

"Merseyside Police and our partners look to use all available disruption tactics to make Wirral a safer place in which to live, work and socialise.

"Any information on any concerns people may have on local businesses will be acted on appropriately."