Boston shop’s licence revoked after selling illegal medicines

Boston Corner Shop
Boston Corner Shop

A shop which illegally sold foreign labelled medicines over a two year period has had its alcohol premises licence revoked.

Boston Borough Council took the decision against Boston Corner Shop, on West Street, following a hearing of the licensing sub-committee.

Police submitted paperwork for a licence review due to ongoing problems with the store continually selling foreign labelled medicines.

On Thursday, evidence was put to councillors who ruled that the premises had been actively involved in the sale of the medicines.

They believed the store was failing to promote the licensing objectives and the licence was revoked.

Designated premises supervisor Martynas Ginevicius was also removed from his position, as councillors had no confidence in his ability to perform this role.

The store (pictured) was visited in joint operations by Lincolnshire Police and the Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency on three occasions.

On every visit it was found to be selling the medicines and despite warnings continued to stock and sell the products.

Sgt Kim Enderby, from Lincolnshire Police’s Alcohol Licensing Department, said: “This is an excellent result, justifying the hard work of all the agencies involved.

“Hopefully it sends a strong message to those involved in criminality of this type.

“Selling foreign labelled medicines is a criminal offence and presents a real danger to members of the local community.

“Whether you are English and unable to read Latvian instructions or Polish unable to do the same, the risk is to everyone.

“Particularly worrying was that this store was stocking prescription only medicines, which would normally only be available from a chemist.”

“These medicines are stronger and liable to have more dangerous side effects, hence they are controlled by stricter regulations.

“Repeated attempts to work with the store to educate them to the inherent dangers of this activity failed and left us with no choice but seek to review the premises licence.

“We remain committed to the disruption, investigation and prosecution of all criminal behaviour being conducted on our licensed premises.”

There is a 21 day appeal process; if no appeal is submitted then the revocation comes into action.

When approached by The Standard Mr Ginevicius was not in Boston and unavailable to comment.

However, he said he may comment when he returns to the town next week.

An MHRA spokesman confirmed Ginevicius had also been subject to a criminal prosecution.

They said: “Following an MHRA investigation, Mr Ginevicus received a formal caution in November 2014 for selling unlicensed medicines, under the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.

“The medicines being offered were not approved for sale in the UK and the instructions were not in English.”