Doncaster shop which lost alcohol licence after selling illicit cigarettes applies to sell booze again

Intake Booze on Sandringham Road. Picture: Doncaster Free Press/Marie Caley
Intake Booze on Sandringham Road. Picture: Doncaster Free Press/Marie Caley

A Doncaster shop which was stripped of its alcohol licence after being found with illicit cigarettes has asked the council to sell booze again.

Councillors on Doncaster Council's licensing sub-committee ruled Intake Booze on Sandringham Road would be stripped of the privilege to sell alcohol back in February after a Trading Standards investigation.

The off-licence application, submitted by new owner Ismayil Ali, would include the sale of alcohol seven days a week from 8am to 11pm.

Council papers show the shop has a history of illegal activity with the three previous licence holders selling counterfeit and illicit cigarettes going back to 2016.

The shop also sold alcohol to under 18's as part of a police test purchase on two occasions in the same time period.

Documents seen by committee members show Trading Standards officers have raised concerns as the previous licence holder who had action taken against him, is 'still liable for the business rates', is the 'registered food business operator and was working in the shop as recently as May 10'.

Greg Bristol, tobacco and alcohol officer at Doncaster Council, said: "The Licensing Policy notes that in hearings arising in connection with crimes, issues relating to the sale or storage of smuggled tobacco and alcohol will be treated particularly seriously.

"The licensing objective of preventing crime and disorder is not promoted by the previous licence holder's continued involvement in the business."

Documents published by Doncaster Council show South Yorkshire Police was due to make an objection unless three licensing conditions were taken up.

These include robust staff will training and record keeping for authorities, a minimum purchase of four drinks and no beer, lager or cider above 6.5% ABV to be sold at the premise.

Mr Ali agreed the conditions and South Yorkshire Police confirmed they would not be submitting an objection.

Mr Ali has the right to appeal any alcohol licence rejection to Doncaster Magistrates' Court within 30 days.

Councillors will decided whether to reject or grant the application at a meeting on Monday, June 18.