Peterborough Shop has withdrawn license to sell illegal cigarettes and alcohol

A shop in Peterborough had its license to sell alcohol for criminal activity on the premises.

The Peterborough City Council Licensing Subcommittee decided to revoke the London Road Late Night Store license, London Road, following a request for review of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards license.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards have demonstrated at the hearing that on 21 August 2017, 560 illegal cigarettes were found by the Cambridgeshire Police at the counter of the business premises

On September 28, a joint initiative was launched by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading standards, the HMRC and the Cambridgeshire Police conducted to prevent the illicit tobacco and alcohol trade and the confiscation of 2,200 cigarettes and 400 grams of tobacco to spin and 1,200 liters of Polish beer were made on the premises.

The subcommittee heard of the premise that Azcen owner Azad Mohammed denied any knowledge of the illegal objects

Muhammad stated that he was not always in the store and that others sold the items without his knowledge. He accepted that he was responsible for the transaction but had not submitted any HMRC documentation to set the tax liability for alcohol and proof of payment within 30 days.

The Subcommittee concluded at the hearing on January 23, 2018 that this deprivation of license is both necessary and proportionate in the circumstances.

Karen Woods, Cambridge's and Cambridge's trading standards commissioner, said: "Such sales of illegal tobacco and cigarettes are undermining legitimate shopkeepers, depriving HMRC of legitimate revenues and may pose a risk to the public."

"This license sends the revocation A message to those who act illegally that the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards will use all available powers to stop such criminal activity.

The store has 21 days to appeal the decision.

If you have concerns about illegal tobacco or alcohol, please contact the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards team at 01733 747474 or send an email to

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