Crackdown on sale of alcohol by unlicensed premises

Firm action by the Council has resulted in the successful prosecution of a company based in Welling for selling alcohol to the public without a premises license.

This latest conviction comes at a time when Bexley is taking a zero tolerance approach to the sale of alcohol by unlicensed premises. 

Cllr Alex Sawyer, Cabinet Member for Communities said: “We take our responsibilities as a licensing authority very seriously. This prosecution sends out a strong message:  our officers on the street continue to be vigilant and we will prosecute anyone found to be selling alcohol without a license.”

TFC Welling Ltd, located at 23-31 Upper Wickham Lane, had their premises licence revoked on 17 January 2018 for selling alcohol to a minor. They were later caught and convicted of selling alcohol without a license on two occasions. They were also fined for opening on Easter Sunday. 

Bexley Magistrates’ Court fined them £10,000 in total and also ordered them to pay costs. Total payment of £11,105 was ordered in full within 28 days. 

The Court gave credit to the company for its early guilty plea and took into account the company director’s co-operation.