Call for stop to alcohol sale at Hornchurch shop

Elm Park Express on Elm Park Avenue in Havering

Elm Park Express on Elm Park Avenue in Havering - Credit: Archant

A supermarket twice caught selling alcohol to under-18s and repeatedly found to offer counterfeit alcohol and tobacco faces having its licence revoked.

Trading Standards requested a review into the licence held by Berta Sarikay for Kotan Supermarket, also known as Elm Park Express, in The Broadway, Hornchurch.

Its report states: “The Trading Standards service does not have confidence in the management of this venue and do not believe that they are promoting the licensing objectives of the protection of children from harm and preventing crime and disorder.”

The report, which will go before Havering Council’s licensing sub-committee on Wednesday, details a number of licence breaches.

In June 2011 and December 2013 alcohol was sold to teenagers aged 16 and 17 during test purchases.

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Designated premises supervisor Caner Cocelli pleaded guilty to underage sale at Romford Magistrates’ Court in 2012. He was fined £233.

In March and April 2011 10 bottles of counterfeit Jacobs Creek wine were seized.

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During the test purchase in 2014 bags of cigarettes with foreign labels and a bucket of cash were seen. As a result approximately 2,600 illicit cigarettes were seized along with loose tobacco and blunts – hollowed-out cigars.

In January this year Mr Cocelli was found to have 200 illicit cigarettes on his person, and 121 bottles of alcohol – on which UK duty tax had not been paid – were seized from the shop.

The police say: “The premises licence for this venue should be revoked on the grounds that the management do not appear to be able to follow conditions set in the licence”

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