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Stonka faces losing licence amid Preston Police allegations of illicit tobacco being sold

Posted on - 9th November, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fishwick, News, Ribbleton, St Matthews
Stonka in New Hall Lane faces an uncertain future Pic: Google

Stonka in New Hall Lane faces an uncertain future Pic: Google

A convenience store in New Hall Lane faces losing its premises licence amid allegations of selling counterfeit cigarettes.

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Preston Police have asked for licensing chiefs at the Town Hall to review Stonka, formerly Best One, as they claim the licence for the shop has been consistently breached.

Documents submitted by the police’s licensing team outline how the shop, owned by Tayib Tahir Sabir, has been raided a number of times.

It gives details on how in February the shop had been caught selling booze at 11pm, when its licence only runs until 10pm during the week and 10.30pm at weekends.

A further visit from the police and Trading Standards in September found a significant amount of counterfeit cigarettes in the shop and in the boot of a workers car.

PC Julie Stewart, licensing officer, writes: “Despite the best efforts of the Police, the management of the premise continue to flout the rules and breach their premise licence conditions.

“The Police have persistently tried to reenforce the conditions but cannot physically maintain a presence at the premise to ensure the management are compliant on a daily basis.

“Issues have been non compliance of premise licence conditions, supply of denatured vodka, supply of illicit tobacco, the ignorance of a premise licence suspension due to non payment, failed test purchase of alcohol.”

Mr Sabir has held the premises licence at the shop since February. It ceased trading as Best One in May 2013, becoming known as Stonka.

Stonka’s fate will be heard at a meeting of the city council’s licensing sub-committee on Friday 13 November from 10am.

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