Super Stop Shop, 74 Monks Road, Lincoln has had their Alcohol Premises Licence Revoked by Lincoln City Council. This is the third licence revoked in the County in the past week.
The Alcohol Licensing Team from Lincolnshire Police submitted paperwork for a Licence Review Hearing following the seizure of a large quantity of illegal cigarettes and non-duty alcohol from the store.
On Monday 8th October 2018 a hearing was held in front of Lincoln City Council Licensing Sub-Committee. After hearing all the evidence they agreed with the police that the premises had been actively involved in the illegal sale of illicit cigarettes and alcohol. They believed this activity undermined the licensing objectives and the Licence was revoked.
There is a 21 day appeal process; if no appeal is submitted then the revocation comes into action.
The store was targeted by Lincolnshire Police after intelligence was received from members of the public that the store was selling illegal cigarettes. The police and trading standards officers raided the store; illegal cigarettes and non-duty vodka were seized. The vodka was displayed for sale on the shelves behind the counter, whilst the cigarettes were discovered hidden in the ceiling behind lighting fixtures. These cigarettes seized were a mixture of non-duty, counterfeit and illicit cigarettes. The counterfeit and illicit cigarettes fail health and safety regulations, do not self-extinguish and have in the past been found to contain rat droppings, sawdust or human excrement mixed in with the tobacco. They have also been found to be the cause of a number of fatal house fires in the County.
Sergeant Kim Enderby, Alcohol Licensing Manager for the County said: “What we discovered was deliberate criminal activity, putting profit before public safety. The cigarettes hidden in the ceiling were a deliberate attempt to avoid detection but thanks to information from the public we were able to do something about this trade in illicit goods. This is the third licence to be revoked in the past week; all were at shops which had been selling illicit and dangerous cigarettes. If the public keep telling us where this is happening, we will continue raiding and disrupting the criminals involved.
We remain committed to the disruption, investigation and prosecution of all criminal activity being conducted on our Licensed Premises."
10 Oct 18 9:26 AM