New boss bans takeover of Yardley store where 107 packets of illicit tobacco were found

A request from a new licensee to take over a store where 107 packets of illicit tobacco were found was denied.

Sniffer dogs found counterfeit and duty-free goods hidden behind a display at the DC Minimarket in Church Road, Yardley, in March last year.

A Birmingham City Council licensing subcommittee revoked the store’s license in August – and since then an application has been made to transfer the license to a new person – Sharifnejad Abubakr.

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But following a license meeting held last month, advisers decided to deny the license transfer and the license amendment to allow Mr. Abubakr to become a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS).

The subcommittee said it had “no confidence that the applicant was able to meet” the crime prevention objective of the 2003 licensing act.

Mr. Abubakr did not attend the meeting and did not provide documents showing that he had taken over the premises from former licensee Mohammad Sheikhehpour.

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The subcommittee – made up of chairman Cllr Nicky Brennan (Lab, Sparkhill), Cllr Mike Ward (Lib Dem, Sheldon) and Cllr Martin Straker Welds (Lab, Moseley) has now rendered its decisions.

The rulings say: “Without seeing the documents, the police feared there might be some subterfuge – perhaps using Mr. Abubakr as the appointee while Mr. Sheikhehpour remained in command.

“Police noted that Mr. Sheikhehpour presided over an unsatisfactory operation which undermined licensing objectives at Yardley.

“The police were therefore unwilling to tolerate the slightest risk that he would continue to be involved in the management of the store.

“Mr. Abubakr had been invited to provide the documents, but he did not do so, nor did he attend the subcommittee meeting. “

“It was the opinion of the police that the request should be refused.

“As a result, the subcommittee determined that the correct course was to reject the amendment request, in order to ensure that the objective of crime prevention was not compromised.”

Mr Sheikhehpour appealed the initial decision to revoke the store’s license to Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on January 6.

The appeal was dismissed by the district judge and costs were agreed to £ 1,000, awarded to Birmingham City Council.

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