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Polish shop requests booze licence despite objection from police and Trading Standards

Posted on - 16th September, 2016 - 9:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Crime, Food & Drink, Preston Council
Nasza Biedronka on New Hall Lane

Nasza Biedronka on New Hall Lane

A Polish convenience shop has submitted an application for a licence to sell alcohol but faces objection from police and the Trading Standards Authority.

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The request to authorise the retail sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises at Nazsa Biedronka, located at 169 New Hall Lane, Preston, was submitted by owner Abdullah Taha on 27 July 2016.

Both Police and Trading Standards Teams are opposed to the authorisation of the shop after a series of illegal tobacco sales became a breach of its licence objectives.

The Hearing will consider representations put forward by Lancashire Constabulary, the Trading Standard’s Authority and the applicant before Preston City Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee at 10am on Thursday 22 September at Preston Town Hall.

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Dawn Robinson, Principal Trading Standards Officer, reported the issue to Preston City Council.

She said: “This service is objecting on the grounds that the licensing objective relating to Prevention of Crime and Disorder is not being observed at this premise.

“On 4 August 2016, when Abdullah Taha owned the business, police officers seized 244 packets comprising 15 brands of illicit tobacco products from a bag behind the counter at Nazsa Biedronka.

“Each time offences are investigated, ownership of the business is transferred to a new name.

“With Mr Taha now in charge, the business is currently trading with its seventh owner since July 2013.”

PS Bushell said: “The police would also make representations against Taha taking on the role of DPS as there are exceptional circumstances that exist which would again undermine the Crime and Disorder licensing objective if granted.

“These particular premises have, over the past three years, a history of being associated with criminal activity with regards the sale of illicit tobacco and non-compliance with licensing conditions therefore making the sale of alcohol unlawful.”

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