Crime fear over King’s Lynn shop’s alcohol licence bid

GV Baltic Store 33 Old Sunway King's Lynn

NO 33 is on the right in this picture ANL-160314-084029009

GV Baltic Store 33 Old Sunway King's Lynn NO 33 is on the right in this picture ANL-160314-084029009

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Police and Trading Standards officers have opposed a Lynn shop’s bid for a licence to sell alcohol, because they fear it will undermine efforts to combat crime and disorder.

A West Norfolk Council committee will decide whether to grant a licence to Baltic Stores, in Old Sunway, at a meeting later this week.

Both Norfolk Police and the county’s trading standards department have opposed the application, submitted by Litexport Limited.

But, although they say they are concerned about the potential risk of crime, details of those concerns have been redacted in papers published ahead of the meeting, which takes place this Thursday.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said the details were withheld on data protection grounds.

The application would, if approved, allow the shop to sell alcohol for off-site consumption seven days a week, between 8am and 10pm. An individual licence is also sought.

Application forms submitted to the council insisted that measures would be taken in order to maintain public safety, protect children from harm and prevent crime and nuisance if the licence is granted.

It said: “Staff will be well trained in asking customers to use premises in an orderly and respectful manner.

But, in two separate letters to the borough council, whose licensing sub-committee will decide on the application, police licensing officer Chris Brooks said: “I have researched the named individual and the company and found significant reasons police will object to this application.

“Please therefore be advised police object to this application on the basis the licensing objectives specifically the prevention of crime and disorder may be undermined.”

They also said they would prefer some of the proceedings to take place in private.

A further letter signed in the name of Dean King, the county’s lead trading standards officer, added: “This authority would have significant concerns in regard to the prevention of crime and disorder and public safety if an alcohol licence is issued to this premises.”

The licensing hearing will take place at the West Norfolk Council offices, in Chapel Street, Lynn, this Thursday, March 17, at 10am.