Published on August 17th, 2016 | by Dean Carr
Premises Licence Revoked by East Lindsey District Council
A licensed premises known as Louth Super Booze, 62 Eastgate, Louth, Lincolnshire has had it’s licence to sell alcohol revoked by the Licensing Committee after a hearing following a Police raid.
Lincolnshire Police had received intelligence that bottles of wine where being sold a ridiculously low prices! The initial raid followed the Police Alcohol Licensing Team receiving intelligence that branded wine was being sold by the store at a suspiciously low price. Police Officers visited and found that the intelligence was correct.
Wine was being offered at four bottles for £9.99p, £2.50p per bottle. 121 bottles were seized by Police at he location. Properly produced and certified alcoholic drinks are made with ethanol – alcohol that’s safe to drink in moderation. But fake alcoholic drinks can be produced using other cheaper types of alcohol which can have serious adverse effects on health.
Lincolnshire Police submitted the relevant paperwork for a Licence Review Hearing, following a raid on the premises in which bottles of smuggled alcohol were seized.
A hearing was held on Monday 15 August 2016 in front of East Lindsey District Council Licensing Sub-Committee. After hearing all the evidence they agreed with the police that the premises had been actively involved in the illegal sale of smuggled products. Because of this they believed they were failing to promote the licensing objectives and their Licence was revoked.
The owners of the store did not produce any legitimate receipts or plausible account for the purchase of the wine, nor did anyone attend from the store at the hearing.
Police Sergeant Kim Enderby from the Alcohol Licensing team said, “Unacceptable criminal activity was centred on this store, the way in which the store was being run was clearly undermining the Licensing Objectives. Wine of this type and bottle size cannot be lawfully sold under £2.65p per bottle. Low priced wine is produced in foreign countries, in conditions that do not meet British food Safety regulations. They are then smuggled into the country, evading any duty owed on the wine and then offered for sale at disreputable businesses like this one. The store shut a few weeks after we raided it but remained licensed and could have re-opened at any time, which is why we still called a review hearing. Cheap wine of this type can present a real danger to those members of the public purchasing it. The decision of the Sub-Committee to revoke the premises licence is a clear warning to other stores considering selling products of this type. Lincolnshire Police are committed to preventing activity like this on licensed premises. I would appeal to members of the public who are aware of stores selling dangerous and illegal products like these to come forward with the information”.
Anyone who has concerns about a premises selling non-duty paid goods or fake alcohol can contact their local Police, Trading Standards or Local Council’s licensing authority.