Normanton shop boss surrenders premises licence after illegal tobacco allegations by West Yorkshire Police

A shop boss has surrendered his alcohol licence after police said they'd found illicit tobacco and a man with no right to work in the UK at the premises.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 12:28 pm

Muzafar Kamal Rahman, the licence holder for Baryla, in Normanton, was due to attend a hearing on Wednesday morning.

However, the hearing was cancelled just 24 hours before it was due to take place.

Police and council officers said they'd found a man with no right to work in the UK at the store.

The council said the licence had been surrendered ahead of the hearing so there was now "nothing to review".

In papers published on the council's website earlier this month, PC Jonathan Kaye, from West Yorkshire Police, said undercover officers carried out test purchases at the store and were sold "counterfeit and smuggled cigarette brands" on each occasion.

He added: "Following these incidents, officers from West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Trading Standards have entered and searched the premises and located quantities of illicit tobacco products.

"Also present inside and believed to be working in the shop was a male whose immigration status prevented him from being employed in any capacity."

Local Democracy Reporting Service