Shop which had licence revoked wants new one

Pleasant off licence, Mount Pleasant Road
Pleasant off licence, Mount Pleasant Road

A CONVENIENCE store which had its licence revoked after being caught selling fake alcohol has applied for a new one.

72 Mount Pleasant Road, formally Pleasant Off Licence, in Ore wants to sell alcohol seven days a week, from 7am to 11pm and submitted an application to Hastings Borough Council.

But police and Trading Standards are recommending that the proposals be refused, given the shop’s recent history.

In March Pleasant Off Licence was one of three stores in town to have their licence to sell alcohol revoked after trading standards officers found counterfeit or dangerous alcohol on their premises.

Officers visited the stores last December as part of Operation Mistletoe in response to intelligence received regarding the sale of counterfeit, illicit and dangerous alcohol.

A visit to Pleasant Off Licence revealed 21 bottles of vodka were suspected of evading duty and not being genuine. Three bottles of DD Vodka were found to be counterfeit, and a bottle of Red Star was found with a label ‘Made in the heart of Russia - Berlin’.

Cumar Yalcin, the previous licence holder, appealed against the council’s decision but it was dismissed by the Hastings magistrates in August. The latest application was made by Nelja Yalcin two months later.

In a letter to Bob Brown, the council’s licensing manager, Chief Inspector Heather Keating, Hastings District Commander, said: “Sussex Police contend that to allow the grant of a premises licence at this time would undermine the whole process of reviewing a premises licence.

“We contend the premises licence was revoked as a result of the significant evidence submitted by the East Sussex Trading Standards Department.”

Lucy Corrie, head of Trading Standards, said in a letter to Mr Brown: “The current application is in the name of Nelja Yalcin, who appears to be a close family member of the previous premises licence holder. This applicant has also made an application to become the designated premises supervisor. This suggests that the controlling mind of the business is unlikely to change and that the previous bad practices may well continue.”

The council’s licensing sub-committee will be discussing the application on Tuesday, December 4.