Meeting to revoke Halifax shop licence after illicit tobacco bust postponed

Ovenden Polski Sklep and neighbouring shop.
Ovenden Polski Sklep and neighbouring shop.

A meeting to decide what action to take over a Halifax mini-market’s licence has been postponed.

Calderdale Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee were set to consider West Yorkshire Police’s request to revoke the licence of the Ovenden Polski Sklep, Ovenden Road, Halifax, today (Tues May 15), but the hearing did not go-ahead.

The meeting was postponed after the licence holder’s legal representative submitted a written request to postpone the meeting, as the licence holder was unavailable due to issues unrelated to the hearing.

The solicitor was also unable to attend due to a prior commitment and the council considered it was appropriate to extend the time limits as it was necessary to hear from all parties and was in the public interest.

The hearing will be rearranged as soon as possible and the council is awaiting confirmation of availability to finalise a date within the next three weeks.

West Yorkshire Police have asked that the mini-market’s premises licence to be revoked following an illicit tobacco bust.

The shop’s licensable activities are the retail sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises, and the committee can make decisions up to and including revoking the licence.

The licence is held by Mr Suliman Seiedi, who has been asked for comment via the store.