South Holland’s licensing panel today (Thursday) rejected an application for booze to be sold at China City in Winsover Road, Spalding.
The decision follows a police objection, saying they believed the new applicant – Hassan Khoshparwar – had links to a previous applicant, Karwan Ahmad, who in turn had links to premises that had been found to hold illegal and non-duty paid cigarettes.
This decision will not prevent the premises from opening however it will not be authorised to sell alcohol due to the history of criminality linked to Mr Karwan Ahmad and Mr Ribaz Aziz Raza and premises leased to, managed or controlled by them.Licensing panel ruling
There is a right of appeal to the magistrates’ court but any appeal must be started within 21 days.
The panel’s formal decision notice says an application for these premises was made in the name of Mr Karwan Ahmad, dated January 4, 2016 and submitted on January 5, 2016.
It says Mr Ahmad has been involved in the running of two premises that had been found to hold illegal and non-duty paid cigarettes.
In the application dated January 4, Mr Khoshparwar was named as the designated premises supervisor, which would have made him responsible for the day to day running of those premises.
Mr Ahmad withdrew his application on February 12 and a new application was submitted in the name of Mr Khoshparwar,
Police made representations on the grounds of ‘the prevention of crime and disorder’.
The panel says: “In short, the police believe that Mr Hassan Khoshparwar was not a genuine applicant and is linked to Mr Karwan Ahmad.”
The panel said the applicant submitted that he was not linked to Mr Karwan Ahmad.
The decision notice continues: “For the first time today it was indicated that there is to be a business partnership between Mr Hassan Khoshparwar and Mr Ribaz Aziz Raza.
“Mr Ribaz Aziz Raza was the holder of the lease;; the premises licence holder and designated premises supervisor at 43 Winsover Road when those premises were raided and non-duty paid cigarettes were seized.
“By his own admission Mr Ribaz Aziz Raza still holds the lease of 43 Winsover Road and Mr Karwan Ahmad is his tenant.
“Furthermore the licence to assign the lease of 20 Winsover Road was completed on 20 January 2016.
“Mr Ribaz Aziz Raza conceded that by the time he signed the assignment document, the intention was for Mr Karwan Ahmad to run the premises and when
that fell through, Mr Karwan Ahmad introduced Mr Hassan Khoshparwar to him and said that he had someone else to put the name of the premises into.
“This undermines the suggestion that these premises are nothing to do with Mr Karwan Ahmad or with the premises at 43 Winsover Road that were raided by the police and Lincolnshire Trading Standards on December 2, 2015.
“There are no conditions that could be offered that would satisfy the panel that it would be appropriate to promote the licensing objectives by granting a premises licence.
“Having considered the steps that are appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives, the only option was to reject the application.
“This decision will not prevent the premises from opening however it will not be authorised to sell alcohol due to the history of criminality linked to Mr Karwan Ahmad and Mr Ribaz Aziz Raza and premises leased to, managed or controlled by them.”