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Spalding coffee shop boss risks losing licence for lockdown opening

The owner of a Spalding coffee shop who breached lockdown rules has today (Tuesday) claimed he opened for a children's birthday party.

Police visited Rafael's Coffee Shop in Westlode Street on Saturday, June 20 after a tip-off there were around 20 people there drinking alcohol, eating food and listening to music.

A South Holland licensing panel this morning heard evidence from police that there were only two children inside when an officer with a body-worn camera videoed the scene.

Rafael's Coffee Shop in Spalding
Rafael's Coffee Shop in Spalding

The hearing was conducted online and a verdict is expected later today.

Lincolnshire Police Sergeant Kim Enderby said: "People were clearly consuming alcohol and food at that premises that should be closed."

Earlier he said: "This appears to be a deliberate choice, a deliberate action by the person in charge of these premises."

Sgt Enderby said there were 15 members of the public, two children and at least two members of staff.

"This isn't a residential premises," he said. "This is a business and it should have been locked down. This appears to be a premises that has deliberately chosen to ignore the Government closure order."

Speaking on behalf of coffee shop boss Jorge Carmezim, interpreter Paulo Santos said: "He admits he made a mistake. He should never have made it."

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