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Off licence loses appeal to remain open

Police were among the groups which opposed the licence

The owner of a Torquay off licence has been ordered to pay £9,200 in costs to Torbay Council after losing a legal challenge.

It's after the licence was removed from Off Licence TQ Ltd, at 15 Lucius Street, following a police request and concerns about other failings.

These ranged from selling booze to people who were underage and having missing CCTV.

The owner appealed and continued trading - but has since lost the appeal.

Councillor Vic Ellery, Executive Lead for Environment, said: "The owner of this business appealed the decision of the Licensing Sub-Committee which allowed him to continue trading. 

"The owner did this in the belief that if the company was to lose the appeal, any costs would be ordered against that company which held the Premises Licence and not him. 

"However, where it is appropriate to do so, a local authority can apply for costs against an individual and not the company which it did so successfully in this case.

"Not only was the original decision to revoke the premises licence an appropriate one based upon the evidence submitted, but the owner is now left without a premises licence and an expensive cost order.

"We are here to help businesses and are ready and willing to provide advice and support to ensure businesses are run within the law. 

"If individuals believe they can run poor licensed premises, then they risk the same happening to them.

"The success of this case has come from the great multi-agency work between the police and Torbay Council employees."

Click here to read the minutes of a previous council meeting about the off licence which outlined concerns.

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