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An application for a new premises licence for a town centre store is being recommended for refusal by the police.

Hiwa Hama has applied for the licence for Ranya Mini Market in Queens Road. A report to the borough council’s licensing committee states how Mr Hama had applied for the licence of Sevens Mini Market in Queens Road in October 2012. This shop was found to be selling rolling tobacco which did not comply with The Consumer Protection Act 1987. Mr Hama had previous ownership of a premises called Shams in Eastbourne.

In May 2013 an officer from Trading Standards made a covert test purchase of hand rolling tobacco which was non-compliant under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and Tobacco Products Regulations 2002. A further purchase in the premises was conducted later that month by an officer from the Trading Standards Service. They successfully bought hand rolling tobacco which did not comply with the same regulations.

A letter from chief inspector Paul Phelps to the committee reads: “Mr Hama had managerial control of two convenience stores one in Hastings and the other in Eastbourne.

“Both premises were inspected by HM Revenue and Customs and Trading Standards. Both were found to be selling contraband tobacco on a number of occasions. Given the applicants well documented disregard for the law is it beyond the realms of possibility that his illegal activities might be extended to encompass the sale of illicit alcohol?” A decision will be made at the licensing sub-committee on Wednesday(November 19).