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25th May, 2022

Shop surrenders alcohol licence after counterfeit concerns

A SHOP in Stratford has surrendered its licence to sell alcohol after police seized counterfeit goods.

The owner of the Quick Stop Shop, Foad Weysi, surrendered the licence after the Licensing Authority for Stratford District Council (SDC) applied to review it.

The review followed an objection by Warwickshire Police to transfer the licence to Jamal Dargalaei in December.

But immediately before the hearing, a legal advisor for Mr Weysi submitted an application to surrender the licence, meaning the Greenhill Street store can no longer sell alcohol. The owner also stated he no longer intended on selling tobacco.

At the same time, the district council applied to review the licence on the grounds of crime and disorder and the protection of children from harm licensing objectives.

It followed a series of visits to the shop by Warwickshire Trading Standards, Warwickshire Police and SDC licensing officers when counterfeit cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol were seized.

The visits provided further concerns about poor management, breaches of licence conditions and unauthorised sales of alcohol.

SDC community protection spokesman Christopher Kettle said: “As the licensing authority, it is our duty to work with residents, the police and other organisations to ensure that people selling alcohol and cigarettes are doing so responsibly.

“Although, the licence holder surrendered their licence prior to the scheduled review hearing, the actions of the district council demonstrate that, along with community safety and welfare, we take licensing and breaches of licensing regulations seriously as part of the council’s role protecting the community.”

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