Delicja in Westlode Street, Spalding, has had its Alcohol Premises Licence Revoked by South Holland District Council.
The Alcohol Licensing Team from Lincolnshire Police submitted paperwork for a Licence Review Hearing, following a raid on the premises in which they discovered an illegal worker, alcohol believed to be smuggled goods, illegal medicines for sale and multiple breaches of their licence conditions.
On November 28, a hearing was held in front of the council's Licensing Sub-Committee.
After hearing all the evidence they agreed with the police that the premises were failing to promote the licensing objectives and their Licence was revoked. There is a 21 day appeal process; if no appeal is submitted then the revocation comes into action.
The store was raided following police concerns in to how it was being operated. When officers arrived at the store a male they encountered serving was found to be barred from any type of employment due to his immigration status, none of the cans of beer on display were priced and staff were unable to produce receipts that proved it had been purchased legitimately.
A large amount of foreign labelled medicines were also found on sale and seized. The store was also in breach of a number of their Premises Licence conditions - none of the staff had been trained and were unable to operate the stores CCTV system. They were not operating a refusals register or incident book as specified on its licence.
Sergeant Kim Enderby Alcohol, Licensing manager for Lincolnshire Police, said: “What we encountered at this store was a combination of criminal activity and a total lack of care or thought in its day to day operation. To find an illegal worker, illegal medicines, illegal alcohol and multiple breaches of the Licence Conditions clearly demonstrates the failure of those supposed to be running the store.
"A total of 763 individual medicine products were seized, including some medicines that are prescription only in the UK but were available on the shelf in this store. The danger to members of the public in selling medicines in this way is obvious and it is an excellent result to be able to seize these items and arrange their destruction.
"No one connected to the store gave an explanation in relation to the alcohol – we did get some receipts to try and prove beer had been purchased legitimately but these revealed that the alcohol was being sold for less than they had actually purchased it for. While we were preparing the paperwork for this review hearing the shop changed hands but even under the new owner problems continued. Despite all the Police activity nothing was put in place to address our concerns – about two weeks after the raid we did a test purchase operation and the store sold alcohol to a 16-year-old volunteer.
"By revoking the licence, the council send a very clear message that illegal activity is not acceptable on licensed premises, that those lucky enough to have a Premises Licence are expected to operate to the highest possible standard. If they don’t they face revocation of their licence. Any stores found to be selling illegal alcohol or cigarettes, or operating in such a way as to endanger members of the public can expect to be targeted and have sanctions taken against them.
04 Dec 19 2:18 PM