A Spalding store targeted by police for selling illegally cigarettes sales has suffered another blow after its bid to change licensees was rejected.
Super Sam grocery store in Commercial Road had its request to transfer a premises licence into the name of applicant Faraidun Ahmed Abdulla turned down by South Holland District Council after a hearing on Wednesday.
Our investigations showed that this store, and those persons operating it, were selling illicit cigarettes on a daily basis for a number of monthsSergeant Kim Enderby, Lincolnshire Police’s Alcohol Licensing Team
The decision came a week after the council’s Licensing Authority Panel had revoked the store’s premises licence after
a joint raid by police, trading standards and district council licensing officers at the store on July 8, 2016.
Sergeant (Sgt) Kim Enderby, of Lincolnshire Police’s Alcohol Licensing Team, “Our investigations showed that this store, and those persons operating it, were selling illicit cigarettes on a daily basis for a number of months.
“None of these cigarettes would have been available from a legitimate wholesaler (as) they are distributed by criminal gangs via the illegal black market.
“Unacceptable criminal activity was centred on this store, the cigarettes being sold do not meet health and safety requirements and the store put the health of its customers at risk.”
In its ruling after Wednesday’s hearing, which Mr Abdulla failed to attend, the panel said: “The applicant has admitted being present when illegal/smuggled cigarettes have been sold and was seen on CCTV being involved in a transaction whereby a large quantity of cash was handed over in return for several boxes of cigarettes.”