Published on February 14th, 2018 | by Dean Carr
Featherstone Retailer has alcohol licence revoked
A shop known as New Market Aro on Station Lane, Featherstone, West Yorkshire has had it’s licence to sell alcohol revoked after a hearing before Wakefield Council’s Licensing Committee on Friday the 9th of February. The shop had been using a concealed hydraulically operated secret cupboard to hind illegal cigarettes, tobacco and other age restricted items. The secret hiden compartments where remotely operated using an electronic key-fob.
Police and Trading Standards Officers have been cracking down all over the United Kingdom on these types of establishments over the last few months due to health concerns over dangerous chemicals found in counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco. Some counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco products have even been found to contain traces of dead fly’s, human and animal excrement!
West Yorkshire Trading Standards Officer Mr David Clutterbrook stated in a letter to the licensing authority after an inspection last May the discovery of these secret elaborate concealed compartments showed that the business owners had a total disregard for the law. The application to review the premises licence before Wakefield’s Licensing Committee was supported and backed by Yorkshire Police who had found multiple breaches to the Licensing Act during an joint inspection last October with Trading Standards.
Wakefield Council’s Licensing Committee revoked the licence, which means the shop will be unable to apply for a licence for a period of up to five years.