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Published on July 23rd, 2012 | by Dean Carr

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Nottingham Shopkeeper has alcohol licence revoked for selling to a drunk

A city centre shopkeeper in Nottingham had his alcohol licence revoked last week after selling alcohol to a drunk man.

Mr Karim Bakhshi was the licensee of B&G off-licence, in Goose Gate, Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FF when he was seen by a police officer selling lager to a known street drinker and alcoholic on Friday 13 January 2012.

The 42-year-old, of Salamander Close, Carlton, Nottingham, admitted to knowing the man, and that he was an alcoholic, but denied knowing the customer was drunk at the time of sale.

Selling alcohol to a person who is drunk is an offence under the Licensing Act 2003 and can be subject to a level 5 fine under the Act of up to £5,000.

Bakhshi appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday 13 July 2012 where he was found guilty of the offence.

He was fined £365, including court costs, and his personal licence was revoked. This means he will be unable to re-apply for a new personal licence for a period of 5 years.

Inspector Leona Scurr, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for the City Centre, said: “Bakhshi had turned a blind eye to the fact he was selling alcohol to a known street drinker who was already drunk.

“His blatant disregard for the law and his own responsibility as a licensee means he will not be able to sell alcohol again.

“Street drinking, and the antisocial behaviour it fuels, has been a concern for residents and businesses in the city centre with the sale of strong lager and cider to street drinkers compounding the problem.

“We are doing a considerable amount of work to combat this and the revocation of Bakhshi’s licence should send out a clear message that this will not be tolerated.”

The police also have the power to make an objection to a new designated premises supervisor (DPS) being appointed in respected of a premises licence.

Source; Nottinghamshire Police

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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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