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North Shields convenience store found to be selling alcohol without a licence

A convenience store in North Shields has had alcohol products taken away after caught selling it without a licence.

According to the council, Ali Baba on Nile Street also had fireworks confiscated after fire service staff asked to inspect the premises found no fire-fighting equipment or risk assessment in place.

The document, set to be heard by North Tyneside Council’s Licensing Committee on Friday, also stated Trading Standards removed tobacco from the store for “investigations into duty paid status”.

Matios Limited has now applied for the shop to be given permission to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises between 8am and 11pm seven days a week.

A statement from Phil Scott, the council’s director of environment, housing and leisure, cited a routine visit by authority officers on December 17 revealed the store was selling alcohol without a licence.

Once inside officers found it was “stocked with a substantial amount of alcohol.”

The store’s owner claimed an application to sell alcohol had been made and he could sell it from his store pending approval. Officers ordered him to cover up the booze and remove it from sale, then discovering no premises licence application had been made.

Three days later alcohol was still on display at the premises and on December 22 a test purchase was made by an authority employee buying a bottle of Smirnoff Ice.

“A number of fireworks” were also displayed at the premises, these were removed on December 23 after fire service staff found no registration, risk assessment or firefighting equipment on the premises.

On the same day Trading Standards visited the beleaguered premises the same day only to find alcohol was still on sale. The majority was taken away by Northumbria Police.

more fireworks were found in the flat above the premises, with trading standards removing tobacco to see if duty had been paid.

Mr Scott said a drinks licence should not be granted as the store owner has already flouted the law.

He added: “The applicant has shown a disregard for the legislation by initially selling alcohol without a licence and then continuing to sell despite the breaches being brought to his attention.

“The applicant has been made aware that the continued sales of were illegal. In addition, despite advising officers that he held a personal licence no such licence is held by a Mr Dara.”

Councillors sitting on the licensing committee will decide the application on Friday.

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