A CONVENIENCE store has had its alcohol licence revoked as a punishment for selling illegal cigarettes.
Nareman Ahmed, the licence holder, has been given 21 days to appeal the review decision, after West Sussex Tradings Standards officers found he was in possession and sale of illegal tobacco at his Euro Express store, Canada Grove, Bognor Regis.
In March, more than 400 packets of cigarettes and six pouches of loose tobacco were found in Mr Ahmed’s store.
The items were kept in a secret compartment in the ceiling that staff operated with an electronic device.
Mr Ahmed blamed a staff member but councillors decided he was ‘not promoting licensing objectives’.
Councillor Terence Chapman, cabinet member for environmental health at Arun District Council, said: ‘It is clear from this hearing and the revocation of this licence that Arun District Council and Trading Standards take unlawful activity very seriously. The licensing committee made a firm decision based on the seriousness of this case.’