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Wellington Stores: Troubled off licence to be reviewed

A New Wortley shop which has closed last month due to violent disorder is to have its alcohol license reviewed.

As reported by the Dispatch last month, police issued a dispersal order to stop groups gathering in the area surrounding Wellington Stores and Bruce Lawn on the Holdforths estate after officers were pelted with bricks and bottles. A group of up to 30 people had gathered.

Wellington Stores is currently closed after police and Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team last month gained a Premises Closure Order under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Police feared the shop had become a ‘crime magnet’ on the estate.

The order means the shop has had to cease trading for the three months.

Members of Leeds City Council’s licensing committee will now meet at the Civic Hall tomorrow to review the store’s licence to sell alcohol.

Councillors are faced with a number of options. They could decide to take no action or:

  • modify the conditions of the licence;
  • exclude any licensable activities to which the application relates;
  • to remove the Designated Premises Supervisor;
  • to suspend the licence for a period not exceeding 3 months; and/or
  • to revoke the licence.

The meeting is being held behind closed doors but a report considered by councillors says:

“The leaseholder of the store has been approached by both council and police officers with a view to dealing with the problems but to no avail.

“The closure order was necessary to prevent repetition of the disorder and nuisance associated with these premises. The closure order has triggered a review of the premises.”

The report, which can be read in part here, names the premises licence holders as Malkit Singh Bahi and Kuldip Kaur Bahi.


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