Published on July 23rd, 2012 | by Dean Carr
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He was fined £365, including court costs, and his personal licence was revoked.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