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.

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.