Mr Oliver Jewell – Kent
County Council Trading Standards
PC Neil Barnes – Kent
Chairman asked all parties to confirm that they were aware of the
hearing procedure and that each had a copy of the procedure
Committee Members confirmed that they had pre-read all the papers
and any other documents contained in the report regarding the
Legal Advisor outlined the application and advised that an
application for a review of the premises licence had been brought
by Mr Jewell on behalf of Kent County Council Trading Standards in
respect of the premises Capitol Express, 11 Snowden Parade,
Vinters Park, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5NS.
Members of the Committee were advised that during the consultation
period representations were received from Police in support of the
review application made by Kent County Council Trading
Chairman invited the applicant, Mr Jewell on behalf of Trading
Standards to provide his opening remarks. Mr Jewell detailed the incidences that had led up
to the request for a review of the premises licence which
·The premises licence was reviewed by Trading
Standards in 2013 following a failed test purchase where Mr B Ok
had sold alcohol and cigarettes to minors.
·In March 2015 complaints were made to Trading
Standards about the possibility of counterfeit spirits being on
sale in the premises.
·In June 2015 a member of the public reported that
Capitol Express was known to local children that they sold alcohol
and tobacco to minors who would be instructed to wait out the back
to receive their purchases.
·In February 2017 there were complaints of
anti-social behaviour in the Snowden Parade area which the
residents had attributed to young people drinking alcohol having
purchased it at Capitol Express.
In February 2017 a test purchase was made by a 15 year old
volunteer who managed to successfully buy a single can of beer from
Mr F Ok even though he had challenged him about his age and the
test purchaser could not provide any ID.
PC Barnes and himself attended the premises soon
after and spoke to Mr F Ok. Photographs
were taken of the refusals book and training records. Photographs were also taken around the store to
show that Challenge 25 posters were no longer on display.
Whilst in the store their attention was drawn to a number of
bottles of spirits which showed signs of duty evasion due to
labelling inconsistencies or extremely poor quality on other
labels. A total of 28 bottles of
spirits were seized for further investigation.