Gracelands have left the building

The licensee of Gracelands Off Licence, Clarence Road, Grays, has been fined £250, ordered to pay £800 costs and forfeit her licence after admitting failing to comply with conditions on her licence.

Jamilla Robinson, formerly of Argent Street, Grays, and now living in London, SE1, appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on Wednesday (April 20th) charged with breaching four of the five conditions which had been placed on the licence for the Grays store following a review hearing in March 2010.

The conditions came into force in April 2010 and included:

Alcohol should only be sold from 7am to 11pm.

The replacement of a “Challenge 21” policy with a “Challenge 25” policy with all members of staff seeking photographic proof of age for anyone who appears under 25.

All members of staff selling alcohol should hold a nationally recognised licensing qualification.

The Licence Holder should implement a crime prevention policy aimed at reducing Anti-social Behaviour to be approved in writing by Essex Police.

The Licence Holder should implement a written policy to assist staff identify patrons who should be refused service of alcohol.

Ms Robinson pleaded guilty to failing to comply with conditions 2,3,4,5. Evidence in court included details of a visit by licensing officers in July where they were served by a family “friend” who did not hold a relevant qualification.

Magistrates fined Ms Robinson £250, ordered her to pay £800 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. She was also ordered to forfeit her personal licence for selling alcohol.

Gracelands Store is currently closed.

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