A BURTON shop caught selling illegal alcohol and cigarettes has had its licence revoked.
Yalda Shop, in Uxbridge Street, was the subject of a licence review at East Staffordshire Borough Council following an application by Trading Standards.
It claimed that the shop had failed to meet licensing objectives for the prevention of crime and disorder and public safety.
Community protection manager at Staffordshire County Council, Tony Shore, told the hearing: “The history of this premise and that of the premise licence holder indicates a general disregard for the law which raises questions as to whether the business is managed in accordance with the promotion of the licensing objectives.”
Mr Shore made reference to a host of incidents from 2011 to earlier this year where complaints had been made about the shop.
This included numerous occasions where the shop had allegedly sold cigarettes and alcohol to underage children.
He also gave evidence of raids on the shop where illicit cigarettes and alcohol were seized.
In February this year an entry warrant was executed at the store by HMRC and 280 assorted illicit cigarettes and 11.5 litres of alcohol were seized.
On another occasion in June five bottles of Red Star vodka were seized which were found to be ‘unfit for human consumption’.
Staffordshire Police’s licensing team also supported the bid to revoke the Yalda Shop’s licence.
At the review hearing it provided full details of breaches of the premise licence in February and March last year and February this year.
East Staffordshire Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee agreed to revoke the Yalda Shop’s licence.
As a result a planned hearing where the licence holders had applied to transfer their licence to another party was postponed.
That application was also set to be disputed by police and Trading Standards had it gone ahead.