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Lithuanian grocery store has licence cancelled after Lincolnshire Police raid

A Lithuanian grocery store has had its alcohol premises licence revoked by South Holland District Council.

Lithuanian Grocery Ltd, of Holbeach Road, was raided by Lincolnshire Police officers who seized quantities of illicit cigarettes.

Previously, the force has conducted two undercover test purchase operations, with illegal cigarettes bought on both occasions.

A hearing was held in front of the council’s licensing sub-committee on Thursday, September 7.

After hearing all the evidence, councillors agreed that the owners had failed in their responsibilities in managing the store.

There is a 21-day appeal process.

If no appeal is submitted, the revocation comes into action.

Sergeant Kim Enderby, from the alcohol licensing team at Lincolnshire Police, said: “This store was found to be actively involved in selling illegal cigarettes and in breach of nearly all the conditions of their premises licence.

“All the cigarettes seized were illegal and smuggled into the country.

“Lincolnshire Police will continue to target those criminals involved in the trade of these illegal cigarettes and to work to prevent activity like this on licensed premises.

“I would appeal to members of the public who are aware of stores selling dangerous and illegal products to come forward with this information, all intelligence received will be investigated and appropriate enforcement action taken.

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