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Licence Appeal Refused

Published Friday, 17 July 2015

A District Judge refused to overturn Enfield Council’s decision to revoke a supermarket's alcohol licence.

At a hearing on 15t July a District Judge at Highbury Magistrates Court in London refused to reinstate the licence of Asya Wine Centre in Hertford Road, which was revoked by Enfield Council’s Licensing Sub-committee on 11 February.

The licence was revoked after an employee of the licence holder, Uygar Altun, sold non-duty-paid cigarettes to an Enfield Council officer during a test purchase exercise in August 2014 following reports that the premises sold illicit cigarettes. A week later, non-UK-duty-paid Famous Grouse Whiskey was found at the premises.

Mr Altun was prosecuted in 2009 for selling counterfeit vodka which contained dangerous levels of methanol, while in 2012 three bottles of counterfeit Bollinger, 1000 non-duty-paid cigarettes, 100 grammes of hand-rolling tobacco and 54 bottles of non-duty-paid spirits were discovered.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “The sale of counterfeit or illicit tobacco and alcohol is a serious offence and we will not sit idly by and allow traders to engage in illegal activity. For as well as giving them an unfair advantage over legitimate businesses, they endanger the health of our residents.”

The case also saw Enfield Council being granted costs of £4928.50 by the District Judge.

Three more premises are appealing against the revocation of their alcohol licenses. These premises are allowed to sell alcohol until a final ruling is made in court.

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