No booze licence for you Mrs Robinson…

THURROCK Council’s licensing sub-committee rejected an application for the transfer of a licence for a Grays shop selling alcohol after strong police opposition.

The current premises licence holder for alcohol sales at Trey Food and Wine in Clarence Road, Samuel Shonubi, was seeking to transfer the licence to Jamila Robinson.

However Essex Police objected, pointing to Ms Robinson’s previous breach of licence conditions for another shop in the same road.

In a written objection, police said that in 2011 Ms Robinson admitted in Magistrates’ Court that she had breached conditions attached to her previous licence. She forfeited that licence and had to pay more than £1,000 in fines and costs.

Referring to her history as a licence-holder, the police objection considered by councillors on Tuesday (19 November) evening concluded: “The circumstances are truly exceptional. The applicant over a period of time has displayed a course of conduct which shows contempt and disregard for authority generally and for the Licensing Act 2003 in particular.”

Cllr Mike Stone, chair of the licensing sub-committee, said: “I believe this is the first time that Thurrock Council has turned down such an application based on police advice.

“That record shows we will look to support local businesses where we can and all applicants will have a fair hearing.

“However this decision shows we take our duty to local residents and to minimising the risk of crime and disorder very seriously.”

He said: “The police made an overwhelming case that transferring the licence was not in keeping with our obligations to prevent crime.

“In considering the impact on local people and assessing whether someone should be granted a licence involving the sale of alcohol we have to take into account that person’s past history as a licence-holder.

“In this case, that history did not make pretty reading.”

Ms Robinson did not attend the meeting. She has 21 days to appeal against the decision.

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