Booze bid thrown out after no show

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A BID for a licence to sell alcohol at a grocery store was thrown out by councillors after the applicant failed to turn up for the hearing.

Hiwa Hussein Hama had applied to the borough’s licensing sub-committee for a licence for the Sevens Mini Market in Queen Street.

However the committee dismissed the bid after he failed to turn up to the hearing on December 17.

Attempts were made to contact the applicant by council officer but to no avail.

Evidence was heard from the police and trading standards.

A letter, sent to the borough’s licensing manager Bob Brown by chief inspector Heather Keating, stated the police’s fears that the supervisor on the new application was the same person as before.

It read: “Sussex Police has a real concern that a supervisor prepared to purchase unbranded alcohol may well have the inclination to break the law in other areas.”

The bid for a licence came just a few months after it was originally revoked for selling counterfeit vodka unsafe for human consumption.