Underage sales shop owner loses licence

West Bars convenience stores

West Bars convenience stores

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A SHOP owner has lost his alcohol licence after he broke several trading laws - including selling booze to underage buyers.

Fawad Karim, owner of West Bars Convenience Store in Chesterfield, also stocked vodka not produced at a legitimate distillery and possessed 7,000 cigarettes without UK Duty paid.

The decision to revoke the licence was made by the borough council’s licensing sub-committee last Thursday.

Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards applied for a licence review, supported by police.

“These are very serious breaches of the law and we are pleased with the outcome of the hearing”, said Cllr Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for regeneration.

Action was taken after a number of complaints alleged underage sales at the store on West Bars.

It was also identified as a ‘problem premises’ by the The Chesterfield Violence, Alcohol and Licensing Group.

A 17-year-old volunteer was twice sold lager in July. In September a follow-up visit found bottles of Arctic Ice vodka on sale which had been illegally produced and failed to meet labelling requirements.

When Mr Karim gave police permission for searches they found 1,600 cigarettes in his car and a further 5,400 at his home – none which had entered the UK through proper channels or had UK Duty paid.

Mr Karim, who has 21 days to appeal, said: “To be honest I have got nothing to say but it was my first time and I didn’t know how things go.

“I just wanted them to give me another chance but unfortunately I didn’t get one.

“I’m not sure (whether to appeal) because it will cost me a fortune and I’m not running a big business.”