King’s Lynn alcohol bid turned down

Brian Chatten., community safety and fair trading manager at Norfolk County Council trading standard

Brian Chatten., community safety and fair trading manager at Norfolk County Council trading standards. Photo David Bale - Credit: Archant

A bid to sell alcohol at a shop in King's Lynn has been turned down by councillors, amid concerns the business would be used to sell illicit tobacco and alcohol.

The Baltic store in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Baltic store in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Police and trading standards both opposed the application submitted by Oksana Kulikovskaja, which would have allowed Baltic Store in Old Sunway to sell alcohol for off-site consumption from 8am until 10pm seven days a week.

West Norfolk Council's licensing sub-committee was told yesterday ?that Kulikovskaja was the wife of Jurij Kravcuk, whose previous application for an alcohol licence at Baltic Store was refused by the council in March.

She told the hearing, through an interpreter, that she split from Kravcuk two weeks ago, and wanted to run the off-licence to get away from him, although the bid was submitted in July when they were still a couple.

The committee heard that two stores run by Kravcuk in Boston had been linked to the supply of illicit tobacco and alcohol to under-aged people, and that Kulikovskaja had helped run the stores and trained the staff.

Oksana Kulikovskaja. Photo David Bale

Oksana Kulikovskaja. Photo David Bale - Credit: Archant


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The committee refused the application on the grounds that it would undermine two of its licensing objectives, crime and disorder and protecting children from harm.

Speaking afterwards, Brian Chatten, from trading standards, said: 'The applicants are not fit and proper people to hold a licence. Their background suggested that they would allow offences at the premises.'

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Miss Kulikovskaja did not wish to comment. She has the right of appeal to the magistrates' court.

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