Spalding shop loses license after illegal alcohol and cigarette sales

Posted on 11 October 2018

CllrCassonA Spalding shop found by police to be selling illegal cigarettes and alcohol has had its premises license revoked by South Holland District Council's Licensing Panel.

Seven Days Euro Shop, based on Westlode Street, was in front of the panel after three visits throughout 2018 by Lincolnshire Police uncovered evidence of breaches, including the selling of illegal foreign branded cigarettes, selling alcohol below the mandatory price and the keeping of smuggled goods on the premises.

On March 15 police had conducted a test purchase using volunteers, which had resulted in the acquiring of illegal cigarettes. This was followed by another visit on July 12 where 224 cans of beers being sold below the mandatory price were seized from the premises. A further visit on July 27 saw two more packets of illegal cigarettes purchased, which led to a full search of the premises by police.

Across the visits staff were unable to communicate key information to police, including the displaying and adherence to licensing rules around underage sales, the identity and location of the license holder and Designated Premises Supervisor and on any training or knowledge of the general running of the store that they had received.

License holder Ali Hussein Hassani was not present at the hearing on Thursday October 11, where the SHDC panel ruled that the premises license be revoked, subject to appeal, due to a concerning lack of control over the premises and an inability to put forward any evidence to suggest the submissions of the police were incorrect. 

Cllr Anthony Casson, portfolio holder for public protection supported the panel's decision, saying: "Our police, Trading Standard officers and Public Protection team at the council work hard every day to ensure that the people of South Holland are kept safe from harm.

"Unfortunately the Council does not have the power to close down businesses in these circumstances, but I am pleased that action has been taken to revoke the alcohol license of premises clearly not following licensing laws in the district.

"We have always taken a hard line against illegal cigarettes and alcohol in South Holland following several tragic incidents involving them in recent years. Aside from the clear and well-known safety issues associated with them, it's clear that illegal sales such as those taking place at these premises take business away from other legitimate retailers.

"I also hope this decision will sends out a clear message to other business owners who think that they can get away with similar illegal behaviour that we can and will take action."

The ban on alcohol sales at the premises will come into effect from 31st October 2018 depending on whether an appeal is lodged in the Magistrates Court. For more information on Licensing laws and regulations, visit www.sholland.gov.uk/Licensing