Hearing after illegal cigarettes hidden in Spalding shop

The tobacco detection dog finds cigarettes at Nasza Biedronka in Sheep Market, Spalding. ANL-160126-113237001
The tobacco detection dog finds cigarettes at Nasza Biedronka in Sheep Market, Spalding. ANL-160126-113237001
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Alcohol and food store Nasza Biedronka in Sheep Market, Spalding, will have its licence reviewed tomorrow (Friday).

The review comes at the request of Lincolnshire Police, who, the committee will hear, have made several visits to the premises since June 2015.

A follow-up operation on December 2 involving Trading Standards and a sniffer dog found contraband cigarettes and breaches of the CCTV conditions. The tobacco detection dog found illegal cigarettes upstairs, underneath the kitchen sink and in a hold-all on the outside of an open window in the toilet.

In total, 2,240 contraband cigarettes were seized. There were seven different brands, including several previously found to be unsafe.

Some of the cigarettes have never passed ignition propensity testing and always found to be unsafe.

The report goes on to say the reality of unsafe cigarettes was highlighted by the death of June Buffham in a Spalding house fire in April 2012.

Trading Standards said in a statement: “The store has a ready supply of consumers wishing to purchase cheap cigarettes and alcohol, thus undermining the local retailers selling genuine products.”

And when CCTV cameras were examined, although four of the eight were working, there was no footage available to show people coming or going from the shop and no footage of till transactions.

Premises licence holder and supervisor Saman Ahmad Mahmood was present during the raid.

The store has a licence to sell alcohol from 8am until 11pm seven days a week.

The committe can decide to modify licence conditions; exclude something from the licence; remove Mr Mahmood from the licence; suspend the licence for up to three months; revoke the licence; or leave it as it is.