A SHOP has had its licence revoked with councillors saying the owner “had little regard for the law.”
Jat’s Superstore in Crosland Moor was found to have breached its premises licence for the third time since 2008.
Kirklees councillors Mumtaz Hussain, Steve Hall and Phil Scott made the decision to withdraw the licence after hearing how, since November, it had failed two test purchasing operations and became the scene of two armed robberies.
The panel agreed the shop was failing in its licence objectives to prevent crime and disorder.
Shamim Akhtar, the licence holder of the Nabcroft Rise shop, has 21 days to appeal.
Her cousin, Talish Mahmood Ahmed, has already taken over the business but has yet to be approved as a premises licence holder.
In announcing the decision, the Licensing Panel said: “The premises licence has been revoked.
“The panel agrees with the police. The premises licence holder has little regard for the law or licensing objectives.”
After the ruling was read out, Talish Mahmood Ahmed asked: “How can this happen? You haven’t thought about me or given me a chance.”
Clr Mumtaz Hussain told him the panel’s decision was final.
The three councillors heard from Pc Richard Farrand, a police licensing enforcement officer, who said Jat’s first failed two purchasing tests in January 2008, which prompted the first licence review.
The licence was later transferred to Shamim Akhtar and Zakir Mehmood and in November 2010 they were allowed to sell alcohol 24 hours a day.
But by December 2011 things started to go wrong for Jat’s. During an inspection by Revenue and Customs, police seized 2,380 untaxed cigarettes, 24 litres of non-duty paid beer and 88.5 litres of non-duty paid wine from the 24-hour shop. Further untaxed items were found at Shamim Akhtar’s home.
Kirklees Licensing suspended the licence for three months and restrictions limiting the sale of alcohol from 11am until 10pm were put in place.
In November last year shop worker Rubnawaz Khan sold alcohol to a Kirklees test purchasing officer at 9.10am – before the hours the shop was allowed to and without the premises licence holder being present.
The shop was then twice targeted by armed robbers – once in December and again in January. Guns were used towards staff in both cases and Huddersfield CID are investigating.
The day after the last armed robbery a test purchasing officer visited to buy alcohol to check if there was a premises licence holder present.
The new owner, Mr Ahmed, sold the alcohol to her, with no licence holder in the shop.
He said during the meeting that he “couldn’t remember” if he’d read the conditions of the licence before taking over the business.
Ms Akhtar told the panel she was visiting her daughter in hospital.
Mr Ahmed told the panel he had invested £3,000 in the shop to improve security and asked for the chance to run it.
Mr Ahmed’s application for a licence is pending.