A BURTON off-licence has been banned from selling alcohol after it was caught selling illegal cigarettes.
The Monika Shop, in Uxbridge Street, can no longer sell alcohol following a decision by East Staffordshire Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee yesterday, after illicit tobacco was found on sale by Staffordshire County Council trading standards officers.
The licence revocation is part of an on-going operation by the county council to stamp out the sale of illicit or counterfeit goods – including alcohol and tobacco.
Mike Lawrence, the county council’s communities leader, said: “This licence suspension sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate the sale of illicit or counterfeit goods.
“The shop manager knowingly sold illicit tobacco which is not acceptable. It shows a disregard for customers, the local community and fellow businesses that are trading legitimately.
“It is a priority for the county council to do all it can to keep people safe and enable legitimate businesses to thrive. While our trading standards team on the whole works closely with businesses to support them, it will take decisive action against the few who break the law.”
It is now banned from selling alcohol for one month and its future premises licence will contain a number of new conditions – including proof of purchase of goods and the introduction of a more stringent stock control system.
In March 2012, the Polish grocery shop was given its licence despite fierce objection from borough councillor Ali Chaudhry.
He said Uxbridge Street is already subject to an Alcohol Designation Order put in place following evidence of alcohol problems and criminal activities.
However, a licensing sub-committee said this behaviour was not attributable to the premises in question.
Separately Kawa Hussain has been told he could lose his licence to run Deya Market after an execution of a warrant at the shop in February revealed a total 3,210 illicit cigarettes.