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Illegal worker found at Grantham store

A Grantham town centre off-licence was discovered to be employing an illegal worker.

Today’s Express at 20 Market Place, Grantham, was also reportedly found to be selling alcohol cheaper than is legally allowed.

A report for South Kesteven District Council says Lincolnshire Police found the breaches of the store’s premises licence when they visited on June 6.

Now, the force is calling on the district council to review whether to impose a ban on shop’s ability to sell alcohol.

Next Friday’s meeting of Alcohol, Entertainment & Late Night Refreshment Committee will also hear of earlier plans for a variation of the licensing hours of the premises.

It was to be considered by the committee on July 13, but members deferred this so they could consider the review with it.

A report for that July meeting said the premises was licensed to a Mr Philippe Sugunakumar.

On May 2, an agent for him sought to change the licensable hours, which also said the name of the store would change to Today’s Express. Police told SKDC on May 25 they objected to the licence variation .

Then, on June 8, Mr Sungunakumar contacted the council on June 8 to say he had no knowledge of the variation and had sold the business on May 14 and the new owner would be responsible for the licence.

The report then details how the council was then asked to transfer the licence to Mohan Retail Ltd, with a Mr Arumugan Kalamohan as the new designated premises supervisor.

It also explained how Lincolnshire Police objected to both applications.

“The police believe that the applicant, Mr Kalamohan, has an interest in the business that dates from before May 14, 2018. He was therefore aware of the non-compliance of the licence’s conditions, and the employment of the illegal worker.”


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