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Election of Chairman for the meeting
RESOLVED that Councillor R. J. Deeming be appointed Chairman of the Sub-Committee for the meeting.
No apologies for absence were received.
Declarations of Interest
To invite Councillors to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Other Disclosable Interests they may have in items on the agenda, and to confirm the nature of those interests.
There were no declarations of interest.
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked all parties present to provide a brief introduction.
The Chairman asked the premises licence holder and named designated premises supervisor, Mrs. Sozan Qadir Taha, if she was aware that she could have had legal representation. Mrs. Taha confirmed that she had been made aware and was happy for the Hearing to continue; and that her representative who would assist her at the hearing, he introduced himself as Mr. Taha, her husband.
The Sub-Committee then considered an application for the review a Premises Licence, in respect of UK Mini Market, 38 Worcester Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 7AE.
The premises licence had been called in for review following an application received on 19th January 2022, as detailed at Appendix 1 to the report, from Mr. Christopher Coxon, Worcestershire County Council, Trading Standards Service.
A representation was also received from the Responsible Authorities, namely, Mr. Dave Etheridge, Principal Licensing Officer, Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS), as detailed at Appendix 3 to the report.
The Technical Officer (Licensing) WRS, introduced the report and in doing so highlighted that following a seizure of illicit tobacco from the premises on 8th September 2021, the sale of an age restricted product to a minor by the licence holder on 26th October 2021, Trading Standards were of the opinion that the licence holder had a disregard for the licencing objectives.
The representation received from Mr. Dave Etheridge, Principal Licensing Officer, WRS detailed that visits were conducted at the premises in September 2021 and February 2022 where it was found, on both occasions, that licence conditions were not being complied with. Mr. Etheridge had concluded that he had little confidence in the licence holder and employees at the premises to uphold the licensing objectives.
At the invitation of the Chairman, Mr. Coxon, Worcestershire County Council, Trading Standards Service, provided a summary of his review application, as follows: -
“This review has been brought due to the licensed premise being found to be in possession of illicit tobacco products and for selling a nicotine inhaling product to a 15 year old child.
On the 8th September 2021, the shop was visited following a report that the shop was selling alcohol, cigarettes and vaping products to children. During the visit, illicit tobacco was discovered behind the sales counter and the storeroom (as shown in the photographs on pages 19 to 21 of the main agenda report). The amount seized from these premises by Trading Standards were 5,080 cigarettes and 0.85kg of hand rolled tobacco (HRT) which represents a retail value of £2,940.
On 26th October 2021, Trading Standards carried out an age restricted test purchase exercise using two 15 year old volunteer children. Sozan Qadir Taha, the premises licence holder (PLH) and designated premises supervisor (DPS) sold a nicotine inhaling product, known as and Elf Bar, which is a disposable vaping device to the 15 year old child, contrary to S 92 (2) of the Children and Families ... view the full minutes text for item 12/21