Spalding booze shop plans pulled after two other licences revoked

An application to turn the former China City restaurant into an off licence has been withdrawn.
An application to turn the former China City restaurant into an off licence has been withdrawn.

A businessman aiming to open another shop selling alcohol in Spalding has withdrawn his licence application after losing the right to offer booze at two other shops.

Karwan Ahmad had hoped to turn the former China City Restaurant in Winsover Road into the town’s latest alcohol outlet.

But after being stripped of licences for the Winsover and Baltic off licences on Thursday and Friday respectively, he withdrew the application.

South Holland District Council’s licensing department issued the following statement yesterday (Monday) morning: “We can confirm that Karwan Ahmad on Friday, February 12 has withdrawn his application for a premises licence for 20 Winsover Road, Spalding.”

At the two hearings in front of the district council’s licensing committee last week, Mr Ahmad had his premises licence revoked for Baltic and Winsover after smuggled cigarettes were found during a raid on both by Lincolnshire Police and Trading Standards.

Mr Ahmad claimed the 11,880 counterfeit cigarettes found at the Baltic by a trained tobacco detection dog in highly sophisticated concealed electronic units on December 2 has been placed there before he took over in October.

He used the same defence when illicit cigarettes were found at Winsover off licence on the same date, saying he had not yet taken over the premises.

There is now a 21-day appeal process after which, if no appeal is submitted, the revocation comes into action meaning alcohol cannot be lawfully sold at the shops.

The Free Press was unable to contact Mr Ahmad for comment yesterday.