Skegness store has licence suspended after employing illegal worker

The store on Wainfleet Road, which is listed in the official paperwork to East Lindsey District Council as Apex (Premier) Local Stores.
The store on Wainfleet Road, which is listed in the official paperwork to East Lindsey District Council as Apex (Premier) Local Stores.

A Skegness convenience store has had its licence suspended for three months after police said an illegal worker was arrested on the premises.

Action taken by Lincolnshire Police alcohol licensing team against Apex (Premier) Local Store, of Wainfleet Road, was outlined at a hearing on Friday, March 10.

East Lindsey District Council headquarters at Tedder Hall in Manby.

East Lindsey District Council headquarters at Tedder Hall in Manby.

East Lindsey District Council Licensing Sub-Committee agreed with the police that the premises owner had employed the male without making the necessary checks of his status in the country or his entitlement to work.

Because of this they believed he was failing to promote the licensing objectives and the licence was suspended for a three-month period. During the suspension period the owner will also have to install a digital HR management system to retain details of all his employees and ensure the correct checks are in place.

Sgt Kim Enderby, from the Alcohol Licensing Team, said: “The owners of the store had failed in their legal responsibility to make the correct checks of the male’s right to work. Alongside this we found the store was in breach of a number of the conditions of their Premises Licence and there were serious concerns in how the store was being run. This suspension period will act as a clear deterrent to other persons who may consider employing illegal workers.”

According to the licensing documents submitted to the committee, the licence holder and designated premises supervisor is Suganya Vijayaruban.

This suspension period will act as a clear deterrent to other persons who may consider employing illegal workers

Sgt Kim Enderby, of the Alcohol Licensing Team

There is a 21-day appeal process after which, if no appeal is submitted, the revocation comes into action.

l The owners of Dee’s Premier Stores on Church Road, and the Premier store in Barratt Court, Skegness, Alison and Darren Dee have contacted The Standard to clarify that this is not a store owned by them nor is it connected to them.