Police call for review of Pudsey off-licence

Pudsey Local, in Market Place, Pudsey. Photo: Google

By John Baron

A Pudsey shop could be stripped of its licence to sell alcohol amid police concerns it has sold booze to children.

West Yorkshire Police has called for the review of the LOCAL shop based in Market Place, following reports of alcohol and e-cigarettes sales to underage people.

Police say there are wider concerns that under-age purchases could be helping to fuel anti-social behaviour in Pudsey town centre. The review has attracted nine letters of support from concerned Pudsey residents.

Their application to review the licence is made on the grounds of the prevention of crime and disorder and the protection of children from harm.

But a report to be considered by councillors says undercover test purchases made at the premises by both police and West Yorkshire Trading Standards have failed to catch any illegal activity.

Licence holder Syed Ahmed is set to go before councillors sitting on the council’s licensing sub committee next Tuesday, 27 September. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The premises is currently open 8am-11pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 10.30pm on Sunday.

Councillors will next Tuesday have the following options:

  • Leave the licence as it is.
  • to modify or add to the conditions of the licence.
  • to remove the designated premises supervisor.
  • to suspend the licence for a period not exceeding three months and/or
  • to revoke the licence.

The documents relating to the meeting can be read here.


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