New licence bid for ‘fake vodka’ stall in market

Abingdon News and Booze
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A new bid has been made for permission to sell alcohol at a market stall which was stripped of its licence last year after council enforcement officers seized bottles of counterfeit vodka from the premises.

Santhosh Puthusseri has applied for a licence to sell alcohol at Abingdon News and Booze at stall 13 inside Blackpool’s Abingdon Street Market between 8.30am and 5pm daily.

The previous licence holder, Kailasben Gandhi, lost her licence in April 2015 after a hearing was told officers confiscated six bottles of alcohol which was labelled as Glen’s Vodka but which later turned out to be fake.

The decision was upheld in the magistrates court.

Police and council licensing officers have objected to the new application which will be considered by a council licensing panel at Blackpool Town Hall on Monday.

The premises are also in the council’s off licence saturation zone which means new licences will only be granted to premises which prove they will not increase the risk of booze-fuelled anti-social behaviour.

A report by Mark Marshall, licensing enforcement manager at Blackpool Council, says; “I have concerns this applicant may not be truly independent of the former licence holder as Mr Ghandi is tied to a lease for the stall until May 2017.”

In his submission, Mr Puthusseri says most of the stall’s customers are elderly local residents or visitors.

He adds: “We don’t get any clubbing and stag or hen party people.

“The customers we get are genuine people, they buy and take home.”