Monday 17th February 2020
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07/02/2020 - Council successfully defends decisions to revoke off licences

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Paga Superstore and Webbs News, both located on New Bedford Road, Luton, had their premises licences revoked at a sub-committee hearing in September 2019 following a review of the premises licences by trading standards.

The council successfully revoked the two alcohol premises licences as part of a campaign to tackle street drinking due to the irresponsible and unlawful sales of alcohol in Luton town centre, and the resulting exploitation of vulnerable people.

The reviews were brought to the hearing as staff at both premises persistently sold high strength alcohol below the permitted price.

The premises licence holder, Mr Kalaimagal Selvaratnam of Villa Road in Luton appealed these revocations. However he withdrew both appeals at Luton Magistrates Court on Thursday 30 January due to the strength of the council’s comprehensive and well prepared evidence set out for the court hearing. 

Laura Church, Corporate Director for Place and Infrastructure, said “These are the first of a number of appeals which are due to be considered by the courts following revocations or restrictions placed on licences by the council’s licensing sub committees. 

“The council sees this as an essential part of the work going on in the town, in particular in Luton town centre, which aims to tackle alcohol fuelled antisocial behaviour and to address the behaviour of irresponsible operators.”

To find out more about premises licensing in Luton, visit our licensing pages​

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