Decision to be made over future of shop

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A DECISION over the future of an off-licence caught selling super-strength beers at illegal prices is set to be made tomorrow.

Police requested that Liquor Land, in London Road, North End, Portsmouth, be shut down.

The request came after they spotted foreign brands of alcohol being sold for £1 – cheaper than the minimum price for super-strength drinks.

HMRC also raised concerns and seized alcohol which it thinks could have been smuggled into the UK unlawfully.

A meeting of Portsmouth City Council’s licensing committee was held in February to determine what should happen to the off-licence – but it was revealed more time needed to be spent going over evidence before a definitive view was formed.

Councillors decided they would come back and reach a decision tomorrow so all parties were ready.

PC Pete Rackham, of Portsmouth Police Licensing Team, said in a report that Satvinder Rai and Anand Muthusamy – both involved in the running of the shop – are ‘failing to promote licensing objectives’.

The meeting will be held in the executive meeting on the third floor of Portsmouth Guildhall.

It starts at 10am.