Northampton shop owner to face licence review for previous trading standards offences

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A shop owner who was convicted for selling cigarettes to under 18s and stocking fake brands will have his application for a new premises licence reviewed by council committee.

Bakhttiyar Hamad applied to transfer the premises licence of Monopol convenience store in Barrack Road into his name in July.

But Northamptonshire Police objected to the bid as Mr Hamad was convicted of selling cigarettes to “a minor,” as well as selling cigarettes prohibited by safety regulations and counterfeit cigarettes when he was owner of Jaja stores in Kettering Road in 2013.

Licensing and Nightsafe sergeant Martin O’Connell writes in his objection to the application: “It is Northamptonshire Police’s belief and concern that the above mentioned licensing objectives would be seriously undermined if Mr Hamad is allowed to resume his role of a premises licence holder and premises licence supervisor.”

Mr Hamad was prosecuted and fined for the offences committed in April and February 2013.

Trading standards then also revisited Jaja Stores in September of that year and seized 195 packets of counterfeit tobacco products.

Mr Hamad said: “It was a mistake I made, and I admit that. But everyone should be allowed a mistake and I will not repeat it.”