Euro Zone licence is revoked
The premises licence for Euro Zone Market in Meadow Street, Weston-super-Mare was revoked at North Somerset Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee on Tuesday 3 July.
The sub-committee heard from North Somerset Trading Standards Officer Dave Howard who said test purchases were made covertly over a period of a few weeks and counterfeit or non-duty paid tobacco were bought. Contraband goods were also found.
A multi-agency raid took place in 2014 and a large quantity of illegal/counterfeit and non-duty paid tobacco was seized. The premises licence holder was arrested and subsequently charged.
The sub-committee heard that illegal tobacco has serious consumer safety concerns as it is often for sale at a much cheaper price, therefore making it more attractive to children.
A second raid was carried out in September 2017. This resulted in further tobacco and cigarettes and non-duty paid alcohol being seized. Legal action is proceeding in relation to this raid.
The sub-committee heard from Ted Sherman, Substance Misuse Manager in the council’s Community Safety Drug Action Team. He was very concerned for public safety and the protection of children from harm (both objectives under the Licensing Act) that illegal tobacco and alcohol can have high levels of dangerous chemicals added to them and are often cheaper and more attractive to children and other vulnerable members of society.
The sub-committee also heard from Andy Manhire, Avon and Somerset Police Licensing Officer, who said he witnessed a male, who appeared to be drunk, leave the premises carrying a carrier bag of alcohol. Mr Manhire also advised that during a visit the premises was in breach of a number of conditions attached to its licence. He did not feel it was being run in accordance with the licensing objectives of the Licensing Act 2003.
Despite a licensing agent for the licence holder trying to reassure the sub-committee that a new licence holder at the premises would ensure compliance in the future, they considered that the offences were so serious that the licence was revoked.
For more information see the report that went to the Licensing Sub-Committee and the minutes of the meeting at http://apps.n-somerset.gov.uk/cairo/committees/comidx207-2018.asp.