Tipple in Queens Road has lost its licence after its owner failed to win an appeal against an earlier decision.
Brighton & Hove City councillors decided the shop should no longer have permission to sell alcohol because the owner has been convicted of £140,000 tax evasion.
Brighton magistrates instead ordered the owner to repay council legal costs in addition to his HMRC bill for company tax and VAT.
Councillor Lee Wares, a member of the licensing panel which made the initial ruling, said, “The message for licence holders is that we will work with you, but if you don’t play by the rules we will have no qualms in revoking your licence and magistrates are backing us up.”
It is the second time the shop’s licence has been revoked. The first was in 2011 for selling fake and illegal alcohol. He was prosecuted by revenue and customs officers for around £142,000 of unpaid tax between October 2010 and 2014, at a time when the shop’s licence was already under review.
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