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Police attempt to block shop’s alcohol request

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 24, 2014

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A SHOP owner whose licence was suspended after nearly 3,000 illegal cigarettes were unearthed at her store has lodged a request to be allowed to sell alcohol.

Monika Wysocka, who has two stores bearing her name in Burton, faces opposition from both the police and trading standards, who will attempt to block the request at a council licensing meeting next month.

The application seeks permission for the sale of alcohol at Monika’s, in Derby Street, but both Staffordshire Police and trading standards believe she is not fit to serve alcohol due to the store’s history.

A raid on her second shop, Monika’s, in Uxbridge Street, last year, uncovered 2,800 illicit cigarettes, resulting in the suspension of the owner’s licence.

A number of licence breaches were also identified, which included staff not having adequate training and there being no incident logs and or ‘challenge 25’ notices.

It is the third time since having its licence suspended that the owner has applied for permission to sell alcohol, having failed on the two previous occasions, the last being in November.

Both Staffordshire Police and trading standards insist Ms Wysocka is not yet ready to have her licence to sell alcohol re-instated.

David Evans, of Staffordshire Police’s licensing unit, said: “That business was not being run in accordance with the premise licence conditions or within the licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003 and therefore there is clearly a concern that the premises licence holder is not able to meet the licensing objectives for either business including this new application.

“Staffordshire Police is still of the view that the applicant has not demonstrated an ability to run both businesses legally and this clearly undermines the licensing objectives, namely the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety and public nuisance. Staffordshire Police therefore objects to this new licence application in its entirety.”

A trading standards spokesman added: “A three-months’ time lapse is not a sufficient period of time to demonstrate compliance.”

East Staffordshire Borough Council’s licensing committee is due to make a decision on the application on March 11.

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