An application to obtain a premises licence for European Food and Wine, 36 Red Lion Street, Boston has been refused by Boston Borough Council.
The Alcohol Licensing Team from Lincolnshire Police submitted paperwork objecting to the application. They presented evidence that they believed demonstrated the applicant was likely to undermine the licensing objectives and the application should not proceed.
On Tuesday 29th October, a hearing was held in front of Boston Borough Council's Licensing Sub-Committee. After hearing all the evidence the committee decided that granting a licence to the applicant Mr. Talib Karim risked undermining the Licensing Objectives and refused the application.
The store, 36 Red Lion Street, had its original premises licence revoked after a police raid in October 2018 where illegal cigarettes were seized following a test purchase operation.
Sergeant Kim Enderby from the Alcohol Licensing Manager for Lincolnshire Police said: "This is an excellent result, and sends a strong message from the Police and Council to those individuals trying to obtain a premises licence. This is the second time the council has refused an attempt to licence this store, since it had its licence revoked.
"A lot of work is undertaken by my team whenever we receive a new licence application. We will always seek to prove the application is genuine and not an attempt to disguise criminal activity. Any applicant will also be expected to demonstrate they understand the Licensing Act and demonstrate how they would promote the Licensing Objectives. A lot of our work goes unreported, as once we present our evidence the application is often withdrawn rather than face the scrutiny of the Licensing Sub-Committee.
"There was recently an attempt to licence a store on Boston High Street which we had concerns about, so we conducted a test purchase operation with trading standards officers, where we purchased illegal cigarettes, the store was then raided and thousands of illicit cigarettes were seized. Not surprisingly that application was immediately withdrawn and no further attempt has been made to obtain a licence. Where we have the evidence we will continue to robustly challenge any attempt to obtain a premises licence. The council also refused an application to licence a store at Vauxhall Bridge, Boston on 25th October 2019 after we submitted evidence outlining our concerns. I would also encourage people in Boston to keep supplying us with information about stores involved in criminal activity."
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