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Mini-mart off-licence is rejected.

A BID to get a drinks off-licence for a mini market planned for Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough has been rejected.

A Middlesbrough Council licensing panel refused the application for the licence, submitted by Aram Husseini.

Mr Husseini was planning to open the new business in empty premises at 242 Linthorpe Road. Cleveland Police objected to the application. They said Mr Husseini was the designated premises supervisor at other premises where a probe was going on into imported alcohol and cigarettes.

Mr Husseini told the licensing committee the application was submitted for a licence for a restaurant but he had now changed his mind and wanted an off-licence for a mini market.

He said that he was working at the other premises referred to by the police.

"I do what I am supposed to do when I am selling alcohol but I cannot do anything about what stock may be coming into the premises," he said.

He said he wanted to do something for himself and his new business would employ five to eight people.

Joan Smith, barrister for Cleveland Police, said: "What causes me concern is that the application is changing by the minute. The main concern is that Mr Husseini has shown himself not to understand the licensing objectives and does not seem to understand the purpose of having a licence."

Ms Smith said granting the off-licence could also lead to disorder in the area.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 7, 2012
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