Store’s bid to sell alcohol turned down

Chris Crofts. Picture: Ian Burt

Chris Crofts. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A bid to sell alcohol at a King's Lynn shop has been turned down, over concerns about the applicants.

Police and trading standards officers opposed the application to grant a licence to Baltic Stores, in Old Sunway, at a meeting yesterday.

If approved, the application would have allowed the shop to sell alcohol for off-site consumption seven days a week, between 8am and 10pm. An individual licence was also being sought.

Applicant Juris Kravcuk, from Litexport Limited, told the meeting he could not understand why the police were objecting. He said there had been no problems with the police or the local authorities at his other three stores in Boston. He said the business imported goods from Eastern Europe and then supplied other shops.

But the meeting heard records showed alcohol had been sold to under-age youngsters at one of the stores, which police had frequently visited, and an action plan had been imposed to improve its compliance with licensing laws.

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Chairman of the licensing sub-committee, Chris Crofts said the decision to refuse the application was taken, as 'the application would undermine all of the licensing objectives'.

The applicant has 21 days to appeal.

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