European Food of Wide Bargate, Boston have had their Alcohol Premises Licence revoked by Boston District Council.
The Alcohol Licensing Team from Lincolnshire Police submitted paperwork for a Licence Review Hearing due to concerns that the owners of the store had links to other stores and persons involved in the sale of illicit cigarettes in the Town.
On Monday 13 January a hearing was held in front of Boston District Council Licensing Sub-Committee. Following the hearing they agreed that the police evidence demonstrated clear connections to stores and individuals involved in the sale of illicit cigarettes.
They believed this risked undermining the licensing objectives and made the decision to revoke the Premises Licence. There is a 21 day appeal process; if no appeal is submitted then the revocation comes into force.
The store previously had its licence revoked in February 2018 for repeated sales of alcohol to children. The business was then sold and the current owners successfully obtained a new licence in in September 2019.
Sergeant Kim Enderby, Alcohol Licensing Manager for Lincolnshire Police said:
"The store has a chequered history and since September last year we have continued our investigations around the store, those involved in running it and who they were associated with.
"Our enquiries revealed links to individuals in neighbouring counties involved in the sale of illegal cigarettes as well as links to stores in Boston where we had previously seized smuggled cigarettes.
"We liaised with HMRC officers, Immigration officers and Trading Standards Teams. This was a complex investigation, with a lot of evidence to put before the Licensing Committee.
"The decision of the Licensing Sub- Committee to revoke the Premises Licence sends out a very strong message that criminality on or associated to Licensed Premises is something that is not tolerated. It justifies all the work put in by my team and is a positive start to 2020. We will always look to work with and assist Licence Holders to resolve problems but if we encounter deliberate criminal activity we will seek revocation of the Licence”.
14 Jan 20 3:34 PM