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Council strips Brixton shops of licences

Two Brixton off-licences have been stripped of their licences by Lambeth Council over concerns about crime and public safety.

All Stars Food and Wine, in Coldharbour Lane, broke the law by selling counterfeit and
smuggled alcohol.

Councillors on the licensing-sub committee heard how police and Lambeth Trading Standard officers also found improvised weapons, including a golf club and table leg behind the counter.

A report by Lambeth trading standards officers, considered by the committee last night,
revealed details of eight raids at the shop since 2006.

On the most recent occasion, on 23 September 2011, officers found bottles of rum and whiskey which was not made for the UK market so duty had not been paid. Fake labels had been attached to the bottle to make it appear as if duty had been paid.

In April 2011, Trading Standard Officers found fake bottles of wine on sale. On that occasion the shop was given a written warning and told its licence could be revoked.

There was also a history of alcohol being sold to people who were underage, the report said.

Councillors at the licensing sub-committee last night decided to formally revoke the shop’s
alcohol licence on the grounds of preventing crime and disorder, public safety and protecting children from harm.

At the same meeting, the committee also revoked the licence of Quick Stop off licence in Acre Lane, after hearing from police that officers had found drugs and stolen property at the shop in December.

Cllr Rachel Heywood, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:

“Shops that break the law and are a magnet for criminal activity have no place in Lambeth.

“I hope this sends a clear message that we will not tolerate irresponsible shop owners who put the public at risk. We will always seek to shut down shops that break the law, either by selling fake goods or selling alcohol and other age restricted goods to people who are underage.”

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