03/08/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/08/2018 10:03
A Doncaster shopkeeper has lost his licence to sell alcohol after his store was caught selling illegal cigarettes.
Late in 2017 the council's Licensing Committee conducted a review of the alcohol licence for the Junction Stop, 2 Broxholme Lane, Doncaster, owned by Mustafa Halo Kaled as Trading Standards Officers from the council were able to purchase illicit and smuggled tobacco from the premises on three separate occasions in an eight month period. Further to this, the Licensing Committee heard that despite advice from officers after initial sales, Kaled had failed to prevent the illegal trade in cigarettes in his store and had failed to meet the licence objective of Prevention of Crime. Subsequently the committee took the decision to revoke the premise's licence.
Kaled then lodged an appeal against the decision to the Magistrates Court which was heard on 22 February 2018 where the magistrates dismissed his appeal. Doncaster Council were awarded £2300 costs.
Cllr Chris McGuinness, Cabinet Member for Communities, Voluntary Sector and the Environment, said: 'We will not tolerate businesses in Doncaster selling products which are illegal and can seriously harm someone's health. It is pleasing to see that the court has upheld our decision which should serve as a warning to all licence holders of alcohol premises that they need to keep within the law or they will lose their licence.'
Cllr Linda Curran, Vice-Chair of the Licensing Committee, added: 'We are on the side of businesses that operate within the law and the licensing authority will continue to clamp down on any premise that they find is operating illegally. All businesses in Doncaster should be able to compete on a level playing field and the licensing authority will seek out those who flout the conditions of the licence they hold.'
Anyone with information about illegal tobacco sales should call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040 506.