Shop gets drinks ban
Unlawful cigarettes were found at a Boston shop on three occasions and alcohol was sold outside permitted hours, including at 6.30 in the morning.
Boston Borough Council's licensing sub-committee has revoked the premises licence at European Food and Wine at 36 Red Lion Street, Boston, meaning that unless there is an appeal in the next 21 days the shop will not be able to sell alcohol after that time.
Lincolnshire Police requested a review of the licence and the sub-committee heard that other issues found included breaches of the CCTV conditions, alcohol sold below the mandatory price, untrained staff, breaches of record retention conditions and evidence of unlawful credit being offered.
As well as unannounced visits when counterfeit cigarettes were sold the police had evidence of the premises operating outside permitted hours.
Police said the issues endangered the public.
The sub-committee heard, on behalf of shop owner and premises licence holder Bashdar Mohammed Hilmi that he was selling the business and he had not been aware of unlawful cigarettes on the premises.
He admitted instructing that the shop should open at 6am even though the permitted hours were 8am to 11pm, but had instructed staff not to sell alcohol before 8am.
A new owner will have to apply for a premises licence.