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Published on August 10th, 2015 | by Dean Carr

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Licence review for two Luton shops

TWO off-licence shops fined for selling alcohol to under-18’s are having their licences reviewed.

Luton Borough Council officers are recommending that councillors revoke the right of X-Press News in Park Street and Suresh News in Marsh Farm to sell alcohol.

In June this year Altaf Ahmed, owner of X-Press News was fined £935 after he sold two bottles of alcohol to minors.

He also had 52 fake vodka bottles, 140 illegal cigarettes and 300 grams of tobacco seized from his shop in August 2014.

Kishorkumar Sureshbhai Patel, from Suresh News, was fined £1,765, also in June, for selling alcohol to a minor.
He also had 110 fake bottles seized from his store in September 2014.

In a document which will be discussed by the licencing panels on Monday and Tuesday, council officers said the activities of the business ‘defrauds customers’ and ‘undermines legitimate businesses’ in the town.

It was found to contain chemicals used in paint remover.

One of the owners, Mr Ahmed, admitting to buying his alcohol from an ‘unknown white van man’.

Both shop owners where unavailable for comment

Source: Luton on Sunday

 

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188



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