Bosses at a mini market are to be hauled before licensing chiefs for allegedly “flouting the rules”.
Stonka in New Hall Lane, Preston, faces being stripped of its licence, as police say it continually breaches conditions.
Officers say fake cigarettes have been found in the shop, as well as ‘denatured’ vodka.
They have now applied to council chiefs for the store’s licence to be revoked.
In a statement to Preston Council’s licensing committee, PC Julie Stewart said: “Despite the best effort of the police, the management of this premise continue to flout the rules and breach their premise licence conditions.
“The police have persistently tried to reinforce the conditions but cannot physically maintain a presence at the premise to ensure that the management are compliant on a daily basis.
“All other premises in the vicinity are complying with their conditions and therefore the police have no other option than to request a revocation of the premise licence.
“Police have persistently dealt with issues at this premise since it became licensed under a variety of premise licence holders.
“Issues have been non-compliance of premise licence conditions, supply of denatured vodka, supply of illicit tobacco, the ignorance of a premise licence suspension due to non payment, failed test purchase of alcohol.”
The statement said PC Stewart and Trading Standards officers went to the shop on September 2.
It said: “Mr Sabir (the licence holder) was not present and staff at the premise informed officers that he had been away for over a month and didn’t know when he would be returning.
“A significant amount of counterfeit cigarettes were seized from the boot of the workers car and also from behind a motorised panel in kitchen cupboards in the rear store room.”
It said cash, thought to have been made from the sale of illicit cigarettes was seized, as well as a baseball bat. Nobody from Stonka responded to the Evening Post’s request for a comment.
The commitee will meet on Friday November 13 to discuss the matter.