Bournemouth off-licence owner linked to fake booze and serving underage teens loses legal challenges (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Bournemouth off-licence owner linked to fake booze and serving underage teens loses legal challenges
AN off-licence owner associated with the sale of fake alcohol and serving underage teens has lost two separate legal challenges.
Elif Gunduz appealed against Bournemouth council’s decision to revoke the licence of Bournemouth Convenience Stores in Old Christchurch Road, which was formerly known as Isbir UK, and also challenged their decision to refuse her permission to sell alcohol from a second premises in Wimborne Road.
The Old Christchurch Road shop lost its licence after trading standards officers seized counterfeit Drop Vodka and Jacob’s Creek wine from the premises and the shop failed a test purchasing exercise.
Mrs Gunduz argued these problems were due to her ex-husband Salman Isbir, that both properties had been handed over to her and that Mr Isbir no longer had anything to do with either shop.
But following a hearing at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court, magistrates upheld both of Bournemouth council’s decisions. Their decision stated: “We find after hearing all the evidence that the transfer of the business from Isbir UK Ltd to Bournemouth Convenience Stores Ltd is in name only.
“We believe that Mr Isbir is still involved in the running of the business and the change of company name is nothing more than a front.”
And it continued: “We feel that Mrs Gunduz lacks any management ability and business acumen. She displayed a serious lack of knowledge in respect of the licensing objectives.”
They also awarded Bournemouth council costs of £4,572.50. Following the decision, Rob White, head of regulatory services, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this case and that the magistrates’ court upheld the council’s decisions in relation to the two premises.
“The safety of our residents is paramount and thanks to the hard work of our licensing team and the police we have achieved a positive outcome.”
The magistrates’ decision was also welcomed by Dorset Police. PC Darren Harris, of Dorset Police’s Operation Protect team, said: “We work in partnership with the local authority to ensure public safety and we would encourage any members of the public to report concerns of a similar nature to the police and licensing authority.
“This decision sends out a clear message that premises who fail to promote the licensing objectives will be targeted and could face revocation of their licence if they fail to put public safety first.”
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