Council instigates licence review for Tuebrook off licence

Another Liverpool business could face restrictions on its alcohol licence after the city council ordered a review following concerns over crime.

Sanctions could be placed on an off licence operating at West Derby Road, Tuebrook, after issues were raised about crime and disorder around the business. As a result, Liverpool Council’s licensing department is to assess the terms of the premises licence.

This is one of four licensing objectives any premises must adhere to if it wishes to trade alcohol across the city. According to the notification issued online by the city council, it is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application. Such an offence carries a hefty fine if found guilty.

According to the terms of the licence agreed with Liverpool Council, awarded to Aram Mahmoudzadeh last year, the business once known as Tuebrook Offy, was permitted to sell alcohol from 7am to 11pm daily. However, online listings indicate the premises licence may well have been surrendered by Mr Mahmoudzadeh on the same day a review was ordered by the city council – June 2.

This is not the first time the business has been inspected by authority officials, with an additional condition attached to its terms in September last year. Following that hearing, the off licence was prohibited from selling single cans, or bottles under 500 millilitres in volume, containing beer, cider or lager.

A person is liable to an unlimited fine on conviction should such a false statement be made. Under the terms of its current licence, Mr Mahmoudzadeh must ensure a designated premises supervisor is present for the sale of alcohol.

In order to consider the case, the Liverpool licensing authority will call a premises licence review meeting to which all the complainants will be invited. At those meetings, at a date to be confirmed, the case will be discussed and the committee can decide to revoke part or all of the licence based on the evidence put forward.

Representations can be made in writing regarding the business to Liverpool Council until June 30. All decisions can be appealed in the Magistrates’ Court.

Later this month, the local authority will also consider whether to impose restrictions at Freshways on London Road and Best One, Moss Way, Croxteth. The council’s licensing committee will make a judgement on whether to limit alcohol sales at the stores when it meets on Tuesday, June 20.


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