One of the team behind a series of raids on shops selling illegal cigarettes and booze in South Holland has promised no let up in its crackdown.
Kirsty Herbertson, senior trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, confirmed that a joint intelligence operation with Lincolnshire Police had led to four shops, in Spalding and Gosberton respectively, losing their licences to sell alcohol.
Baltic and Winsover off-licences, both in Winsover Road, Spalding, Nasza Biendronka in Sheep Market, Spalding, and Gosberton Market, near Surfleet, have all seen their licences revoked after illegal cigarettes were found by the team.
Miss Herbertson said: “We’ve clearly upped our work with the police, based on the intelligence we’ve gained, which has resulted in a number of raids in south Lincolnshire.
“The information we’ve received has been in relation to sales of illicit cigarettee which fail to comply with UK legislation and, if lit, will continue to burn instead of self-extinguishing.
We’re continuing to keep an eye out for businesses that aren’t in compliance with their licensing objectivesKirsty Herbertson, senior trading standards officer, Lincolnshire County Council
“As a result, we have attended a number of licence revocation hearings and premises licences have been revoked.
“But we’re continuing to keep an eye out for businesses that aren’t in compliance with their licensing objectives.”
Meanwhile, South Holland District Council is considering a new licence application for a former Chinese restaurant in Spalding after the businessman behind both Baltic and Winover off-licences ended his interest in opening another shop there.
Karwan Ahmad had wanted to turn the China City Restaurant in Winsover Road into an off-licence but he withdrew his application after the licensing hearings for both Baltic and Winsover last month.
But now Hassan Khoshparwar wants to open a store which sells alcohol seven days a week, Monday to Sunday, between 6am and midnight.