A Peterborough shop has had its licence to sell alcohol revoked following criminal activity there.
The decision about the London Road Late Night Store was taken after 560 illegal cigarettes were found under the counter of the premises during an inspection last August.
In a further inspection in September more than 2 thousand cigarettes, 400 grammes of hand rolling tobacco and more than a thousand litres of Polish beer was seized .
The premise’s licence holder Azad Mohammed denied any knowledge of the illicit items.
Mohammed stated that he was not always in the shop and other persons were selling the items without his knowledge.
He accepted that he was responsible for the business but had failed to provide HMRC documentation to establish the duty liability of the alcohol and evidence of duty payment within a 30 day timescale.
Karen Woods, trading standards officer for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards Service, said: “Such sales of illicit tobacco and cigarettes undermine legitimate shopkeepers, deprives HMRC of legitimate revenue and may pose a risk to the public.
“This licence revocation sends out a message to those operating illegally that Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Trading Standards will use all available powers to stop such criminal activity.”
The store has 21 days to lodge an appeal against the decision.
If you have any concerns about illegal tobacco or alcohol please contact Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards Service on 01733 747474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.