Store loses its li­cence af­ter to­bacco seized

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy 01733 588728

A Peter­bor­ough off-li­cence caught sell­ing il­le­gal to­bacco has had its li­cence re­voked.

Europe Plus in May­ors Walk was found to be sell­ing il­licit Lithua­nian branded to­bacco.

And a joint en­force­ment visit be­tween Trad­ing Stan­dards and HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms also re­sulted in a seizure of (non duty paid) 225 pack­ets of cig­a­rettes and two pouches of hand rolling to­bacco.

Fol­low­ing the dis­cov­er­ies in June, Trad­ing Stan­dards ap­plied to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil to have the store’s li­cence to sell al­co­hol re­voked.

This has now been agreed by the coun­cil’s Li­cenc­ing Act 2003 Sub-Com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion no­tice states: “We be­lieve that crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity is as­so­ci­ated with the premises and that this premises is not pro­mot­ing the li­cence ob­jec­tive of crime pre­ven­tion.”

Cllr Peter Hiller, who chaired the com­mit­tee, said: “Mem­bers of the com­mit­tee were con­cerned with the se­ri­ous health and other risks as­so­ci­ated with il­le­gal im­por­ta­tion and un­reg­u­lated sales of such to­bacco prod­ucts.

“Such sales al­low an un­fair busi­ness ad­van­tage and pose a risk to mem­bers of the pub­lic.”

The off-li­cence only re­ceived its li­cence in March this year.

The re­quest for it to be re­voked was sup­ported by Cam­bridgeshire po­lice.

Karen Woods, reg­u­la­tory of­fi­cer for Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough Trad­ing Stan­dards Ser­vice, said: “We would ask mem­bers of the pub­lic who know of stores that are sell­ing dan­ger­ous and il­le­gal prod­ucts to come for­ward so we can in­ves­ti­gate and take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.

“Res­i­dents can con­tact the trad­ing stan­dards team in con­fi­dence by email­ing trad­ing.stan­dards@peter­bor­ough.gov.uk.”

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