Stamford takeaway Zorba 4 loses appeal over alcohol licence

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A takeaway which had its premises licence taken away by trading standards officers for selling counterfeit vodka has had an appeal against the decision dismissed.

South Kesteven District Council’s alcohol and entertainment licensing committee revoked the licence of Zorba 4 in Broad Street, Stamford, in September.

The committee heard officers from Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire County Council’s Trading Standards section had inspected the takeaway on May 18 last year and found two bottles of counterfeit Smirnoff vodka and five bottles of Vodka Extra, which no duty had been paid on.

Takeaway owner Caner Kaya appealed the decision at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (April 10).

He claimed he had no knowledge of the alcohol being bought and offered for sale because he was away from the premises at the relevant times.

But magistrates rejected the appeal, finding that running a premises involved serious responsibilities which the appellant had not discharged.

The court decided that Mr Kaya should have had better procedures in place to ensure the proper operation of the premises at times when he was absent, including trained staff with proper instructions.

The district council’s head of environmental services Mike Butler said: “We are pleased the magistrates supported the decision of the district council after an investigation by our partners at the county council and Lincolnshire police.

“The sale of illicit alcohol supports wider criminality and can affect public safety and we hope the decision of the court will assist the enforcing agencies to protect the public across the district.”