Pre-Christmas crackdown on illegal booze in Spalding

South Holland District Council licensing committee chairman Coun Angela Harrison.
South Holland District Council licensing committee chairman Coun Angela Harrison.
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A crackdown on shops selling illegal booze in Spalding is to be launched in the run-up to Christmas.

A crackdown on shops selling illegal booze in Spalding is to be launched in the run-up to Christmas.

Off-licences, convenience stores and supermarkets selling alcohol will be targeted by licensing officers over the next two months on the back of figures which showed that nearly 120 bottles of illegal booze were seized in Spalding between April and June.

The figures from Lincolnshire Trading Standards came at the same time as a shop in Spalding, Global Foods of Winsover Road, had its premises licence revoked after 29 bottles of smuggled alcohol where found by police.

At a meeting on Wednesday, South Holland District Council deputy leader Malcolm Chandler said: “There have been two incidents recently where we have discovered and dealt with premises selling illegal alcohol.

“So between now and Christmas, we will be visiting the majority of licensed premises to ensure that this isn’t happening anywhere else.

Between now and Christmas, we will be visiting the majority of licensed premises to ensure they aren’t selling illegal alcohol

South Holland District Council deputy leader Malcolm Chandler

“By doing this, we feel quite confident that we will be contributing to the comfort, safety and wellbeing of residents.”

The case of Global Foods was decided at a licensing hearing three weeks ago when it emerged that police officers who visited the store on June 19 found that there was no premises licence on display or available inside the premises.

There was also no CCTV system, a licence requirement, and no log book to keep a record of alcohol sales that were refused because of a customer’s age.

Coun Angela Harrison, licensing committee chairman, said: “We felt the crime prevention objective was being undermined by selling smuggled goods and the failure to comply with the conditions of the premises licence.

“We were also very concerned that nobody appeared to have total responsibility for the premises and for these reasons, we felt there was no alternative but to revoke the premises licence.”

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Stop selling illegal booze or we’ll put you out of business