Former shop owner must pay £9,000 after dropping licence plea
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Appeal was lodged after licence revoked
A former off-licence owner has dropped his appeal against a decision to revoke his licence just a day before his case was due to be heard.
Bulent Dogan has now been ordered to pay £9,000 in court costs after Islington Council had spent days preparing for the appeal following its decision to take away his alcohol licence for a shop in Finsbury Park.
Dogan had his licence taken away on April 18 after a quantity of illicit alcohol and tobacco was seized from Express Food & Wine in Stroud Green Road.
The shop also had a number of ongoing licence breaches and the licensing committee was forced to act.
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Dogan lodged the appeal following the council’s decision but dropped his case at 5pm on Tuesday, September 3.
Cllr Paul Convery, Islington Council’s executive member for community safety, said: “We expect the highest standards from off-licences in Islington, and businesses risk losing their licence if they don’t behave responsibly.”
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Express Food & Wine is now operating under a new owner.