Cally Road grocery store loses booze licence after illicit alcohol seized
Islington Council has revoked a store’s alcohol licence after large stocks of illegal booze were discovered.
Caledonian Supermarket at 288 Caledonian Road was called-in for a licence review following a visit by the Council’s trading standards team and HMRC earlier this year.
The inspection discovered suspected supplies of illicit alcohol – 130 litres of spirits and 358 bottles of wine.
Advice from trading standards not to buy alcohol from people calling at the shop, who – other than company reps – are almost certainly selling dodgy alcohol, had been ignored. The licence holder also failed to show-up for a free training session that included advice on how to avoid buying illicit alcohol.
After careful consideration, Islington Council’s licensing sub-committee agreed to revoke the premises licence, held by Mr Aziz Yanar. The shop has 21 days to lodge an appeal from the date of the written decision.
Paul Convery, Islington Council’s executive member for community safety (and local Councillor) said: “We’re on the side of residents and want a safer Islington, with less crime and anti-social behaviour. Alcohol can cause harm and we expect the highest standards from off-licences, pubs, bars and clubs. As this case clearly shows, we will take decisive action when businesses break the law and licensing rules.”
Businesses who want free help and advice on avoiding buying illicit alcohol, or making underage sales can contacts Islington’s Trading Standards team on 020 7527 4028.