Agenda and minutes

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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.


No apologies for absence were received.


Named Substitutes (if any)

To receive any details of Members nominated to attend the meeting in place of a Member of the committee.


There were no substitutes present at the meeting.


Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of interests in respect of Schedule 1, Schedule 2 or Other Interests from members of the committee in respect of items on the agenda.


There were no declarations of interest made.


Review of a premises licence in respect of: I.R.I Ltd t/a Europe, 24 Eign Gate, Hereford. HR4 0AB' launched by Herefordshire Council Trading Standards - Licensing Act 2003 pdf icon PDF 321 KB

To consider an application for a review of a premises licence in respect of: I.R.I Ltd, T/A Europe, 24 Eign Gate, Hereford. HR4 0AB.


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Members of the licensing sub-committee from the council’s planning and regulatory committee considered the above application, full details of which appeared before the Members in their agenda, the background papers and the supplement published on 30 June 2020.   

The technical licensing officer presented the report.     

The sub-committee heard from trading standards who highlighted:

·         That the sale of illegal tobacco was a major problem and had links to serious organised crime.

·         Illegal cigarettes were cheaper to purchase and therefore it encouraged people to smoke.  This had an impact on retailers who sold cigarettes produced to UK standards.

·         The packaging on the cigarettes found at the shop was potentially under two UK statutes giving rise to a criminal liability. 

·         The mother of the under aged young person had provided photos of the illegal cigarettes and these matched the cigarettes found at the premises.

·         European cigarettes were not produced to UK required standards and contained more tar and nicotine than those purchased in the UK.   


The sub-committee heard from West Mercia Police:


  • Supported the review and believed that there was an undermining of the licensing objectives by selling smuggled cigarettes.
  • The sale of illegal tobacco was not controlled and their content puts people’s health at greater risk. 
  • The view of the police was that the premises licence holder (who was also the designated premises supervisor) was dishonest.
  • The cigarettes were sold to an under aged person which is of the greatest concern to the police.
  • The Section 182 statutory guidance stated that the sale of illegal tobacco is a serious crime and that even at the first occasions revocation should be considered.
  • Since April 2018 the police had visited the premises 5 times due to ongoing issues in relation to the premises making alcohol sales to street drinkers which caused low level anti-social behaviour. 
  • The view of the police was that the licence should be revoked. 


The sub-committee then heard from Ms Ina Turuliene, the premises licence holder who highlighted the following: 


·         That she would like to see the proof that she sold the cigarettes in question.  

·         The Marlboro cigarettes on sale in Europe and the UK had the same bar code.  

·         Under duty free, you can bring in 2 cartons (20 packs) of cigarettes.

·         A friend had brought the Marlboro cigarettes.

·         She was currently in the process of a divorce and her personal belongings were at the premises.   The cigarettes were now kept in her car and there were currently 15 packs in the vehicle. 

·         She had bought the illegal cigarettes the evening before as she smoked and knew where to purchase illegal tobacco.

·         The sub committee could revoke the licence as the level of sales of alcohol was not high.

·         She would continue to smoke illegal tobacco.

·         She had been premises licence holder since 2007 in Marden.




Following queries from members of the committee, it was confirmed that: