Today (Friday) Lincolnshire Police licensing officers attended a South Kesteven District Council licensing hearing to review the licence to sell alcohol at Pevex/The Taste of Poland Store, in London Road, Grantham.
This was the result of a compliance check by Police Licensing on June 24, which found a quantity of foreign labelled medicines illegally on sale at the store, together with alcohol and foreign labelled cigarettes and tobacco, which were identified as non-duty paid/smuggled goods.
Police evidence was presented to the council committee, which determined that revocation of the premise’s licence was appropriate in the circumstances.
The licence holder now has 21 days in which to appeal this decision at Grantham Magistrates’ Court and may continue to sell alcohol until such time as either the 21 days has elapsed without appeal, or the case is appealed and heard in court.
Sergeant Kimble Enderby, of Lincolnshire Police licensing department, said: ”The sale of non-duty paid or smuggled goods is organised crime and store operators who are prepared to sell these goods, serve to promote this criminality.
“Shop customers are oblivious to the fact that they are purchasing potentially stolen or counterfeit alcohol as they are often paying a realistic price.
“Customers are unknowingly funding crime and criminal gangs.
“In the case of counterfeit alcohol, the contents can often be harmful or unfit for human consumption.
“Lincolnshire Police works with HM Revenue and Customs and Lincolnshire Trading Standards in actively identifying store operators involved with smuggled and counterfeit alcohol and tobacco, and welcome the support of licensing committees to deal with such venues accordingly.
“Suspected smuggling activity can be reported anonymously to any of the above agencies or via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.”
SKDC’s business manager for neighbourhoods Mark Jones added: “We take breaches of any licensing law exceptionally seriously and the council’s licensing committee considered it appropriate to revoke the premise licence in this particular case.
“Illegal medicine, alcohol or tobacco has the potential to harm individuals’ health and we welcomed Lincolnshire Police’s intervention here to prevent these products being made available to the public.”