Licensing application refused


A controversial application for a premises licence at a shop in Boston has been refused over concerns for crime and disorder.

The bid for 42 High Street was refused by Boston Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee on Wednesday, having attracted strong opposition from Lincolnshire Police and Trading Standards.

Of particular concern for the bodies was the involvement of a Mohammad Mohammadi with the business.

Mr Mohammadi was convicted at Boston Magistrates’ Court in August 2013 of having alcohol on sale at the shop when such activity was unauthorised. The next month, he was convicted of storing tobacco that failed to display the relevant health warnings in English and warning photographs (and for having food on sale past its use-by date).

Mr Mohammadi was not the applicant for the premises licence, rather a Bunyamin Soy, from Peterborough, but police and Trading Standards stressed he remained involved as the shop’s owner.

At the hearing, Sgt Kimble Endleby, from Lincolnshire Police, raised concerns.

Simon Milburn, representing Mr Soy, described his client as an ‘experienced’ personal licence holder and said since lodging the application had bought a 40 per cent share of the business.

The sub-committee refused the bid, however.

Reading out its ruling, legal adviser Kim Newboult-Robertson said Mr Mohammadi’s involvement with the business ‘severely underminded’ the licensing objective of crime and disorder.

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