Pimhole shop allowed to sell booze again despite objections from police

Pimhole shop allowed to sell booze again despite objections from police

Pimhole shop allowed to sell booze again despite objections from police

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A SHOPOWNER in Bury has won his bid to sell alcohol again, despite objections from police chiefs.

Council officials had originally ordered Mohammed Abobakar to stop selling alcohol from Top Shop in Hurst Street, Pimhole, after it emerged that his sales licence had expired.

He then asked the council for temporary permission to sell alcohol while he he had his licence restored.

Police opposed the temporary application, claiming it might undermine their efforts to ward off crime, but a council licensing panel disagreed at a meeting on March 5 and granted permission.

At a second meeting, on March 26, the panel granted Mr Abobaker a full licence to sell alcohol from 8am to 11pm from Mondays to Saturdays, and from 9am to 10.30pm on Sundays.

The panel again rejected the police’s argument that the shop selling alcohol could lead to crime.

Richard Williams, of Manchester-based LR Law, who represented the shopowner at the hearing, said: “Mr Abobaker is delighted that he can sell alcohol once again.

“He is a man who is highly regarded in his local area and who many people vouch for.

“The police’s argument was rejected by the panel and Mr Abobaker was pleased that the right outcome was arrived at.”

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4:08pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Diogenes2 says...

This is terrible news.
The police are trying to control n'er do wells, those who drink too much alcohol.
As we all know, alcohol damages society and communities, especially the drunkards who damage property and fight.
As for Mr. Mohammed, the shop owner who wants to sell alcohol: I always thought that Muslims do not drink alcohol as it is against their religion, Islam.
This is terrible news. The police are trying to control n'er do wells, those who drink too much alcohol. As we all know, alcohol damages society and communities, especially the drunkards who damage property and fight. As for Mr. Mohammed, the shop owner who wants to sell alcohol: I always thought that Muslims do not drink alcohol as it is against their religion, Islam. Diogenes2
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4:32pm Thu 10 Apr 14

T'Marcus says...

Our police do a very good job policing.
It is time that the solicitors, LR Law, should support our police.
A for Mr. Akobaker, uphold your religious rights as a Muslim.
Do not sell alcohol as that drug always leads to trouble-crime.
Pimhole is not especially a law-abiding area!
Our police do a very good job policing. It is time that the solicitors, LR Law, should support our police. A for Mr. Akobaker, uphold your religious rights as a Muslim. Do not sell alcohol as that drug always leads to trouble-crime. Pimhole is not especially a law-abiding area! T'Marcus
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