Lincolnshire police raise 'serious concerns' with Spalding shop's bid to sell alcohol
Police have objected to a Spalding shop's bid to sell alcohol over the Christmas period.
South Holland District Council has received a temporary events notice application from Hewa Atapattu for 7 Days Euro Shop, in Westlode Street, to sell alcohol from 7am to 11pm between December 20 and 26.
However, police have raised concerns with the application after under-age volunteers were sold cigarettes at the shop in August 13 during a test purchase.
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They also state that Mr Ataputtu achieved the necessary qualifications to hold a licence in 2013 but received his licence on October 7, 2019.
A report to a licensing committee panel meeting on Tuesday, December 10, states: "Lincolnshire Police has serious concerns surrounding this premises selling alcohol without any enforceable conditions, which would act as benchmark and robustly promote the licensing objectives.
"The premises has a history of selling age restricted products to children, those products sold weren't conpliant with current packaging legislation, and the reason behind possessing them was questionable.
"Although the proposed user is a personal licence holder, the qualification was gained six years ago and has been unused since that time, indicating a lack of experience."
It also states: "30 Westlode Street is within the Public Space protection Order and there needs an experienced and knowledgeable operator who is aware of the issues within Spalding and who will make sure their premises will not add to them."
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