The City of Wolverhampton's Trading Standards team seized over £5,000 worth of beers, wines and spirits after discovering a local mini market had been selling alcohol without a licence.

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The City Council's Public Protection team has been carrying out a number of checks over the busy World Cup period to ensure Wolverhampton stores and pubs are being responsible traders and hold the correct licences.

During their licensing checks, the team discovered a local store who did not have a premises licence which enables them to legally sell alcohol.

Public Protection officers visited the unlicensed store to carry out a 'test purchase' and were easily able to purchase a can of liqueur.

On 27 June the team visited the Willenhall Road store and seized all the alcohol from its shelves, fridges and store room.

Over 480 containers of alcohol were being sold at the unlicensed store including popular brands such as Echo Falls, Budweiser, Desperados, Carling, Jack Daniel's and many more.

Paul Dosanjh, Service Lead for Trading Standards at City of Wolverhampton Council said: "To sell alcohol, you must have a licence. The Council needs to know that it's licensees are legitimate people because selling alcohol is not a right for all. While we continue with this investigation, we shall also be stepping up our licensing checks across the city to protect the people of Wolverhampton."

The owner of the store claimed he was unaware of the store not having a licence and is currently under investigation. 

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  • released: Friday 29 June, 2018