K2 Mini Mart, Grantham, have had their Alcohol Premises Licence Revoked by South Kesteven District Council, after being involved in the illegal sale of smuggled products.
The Alcohol Licensing Team from Lincolnshire Police submitted paperwork for a Licence Review Hearing, following concerns over how the premises was being operated and following two visits to the store in which smuggled alcohol was seized.
On Tuesday, February 16, a hearing was held in front of South Kesteven District Council Licensing Sub-Committee. After hearing all the evidence they agreed with the police that the premises had been repeatedly breaching the conditions of their licence and had also actively been involved in the illegal sale of smuggled products. Because of this they believed they were failing to promote the licensing objectives and their licence was revoked.
There is a 21 day appeal process; if no appeal is submitted then the revocation comes into action.
The store was initially visited in December 2015 where numerous breaches of the licence conditions were found and a quantity of wine seized. A follow up visit took place in January 2016. No attempt had been made to rectify the breaches and more wine was seized. The initial visit was part of a series being conducted by Lincolnshire Police Alcohol Licensing Team. These were targeted visits at off licence style premises aimed at uncovering breaches of the premises licence conditions. The store was found to be repeatedly in breach of their licence conditions.
Sergeant Kim Enderby, from the Alcohol Licensing Department, said: “This store was breaching nearly all the conditions of their licence. They were opening late, the staff had not been trained and the CCTV system was faulty.
“Despite our intervention no attempt was made by the owners of the store to sort these issues out. On two separate visits we seized a total of 234 bottles of wine which we believed to be smuggled goods.
“No one connected to the store has produced invoices or been able to account for its presence on the shelves. A total lack of management combined with unacceptable criminal activity was centred on this store, the way in which the store was being run was clearly undermining the licensing objectives.
“The decision of the Sub-Committee to revoke the premises licence is a clear warning to other stores operating in this manner. Lincolnshire Police are committed to preventing activity like this on licensed premises. I would appeal to members of the public who are aware of stores selling dangerous and illegal products to come forward with the information. We remain committed to the disruption, investigation and prosecution of all criminal behaviour being conducted on our licensed premises.”