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Trading standards call for licence review after Diss grocery store alleged to have sold smuggled tobacco to children

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Representations are being sought by South Norfolk Council for a review of a Diss store’s licence.

Trading Standards has called the review while an investigation is under way into the alleged storage and sale of smuggled tobacco, including to children, at Victoria Store, Mavery House, Victoria Road.

It is understood the owner, Andrei Vivelevici, 33, who has recently opened a second store on Victoria Road, called Victoria Market, voluntarily surrendered the licence and has stopped selling alcohol and tobacco.

Any person wishing to make a representation regarding the above grounds should write to the Licensing Team, South Norfolk Council, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2XE by September 6.

Victoria Store in Diss. Image: Google maps
Victoria Store in Diss. Image: Google maps

The council points out that is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine on summary conviction is £5,000.

The review for Victoria Store will take place in October.

Mr Vivelevici has also recently applied for a licence for the Victoria Market store, where alcohol was on display, but had now been removed.

He also has plans to open a post office at the site.

The alcohol and tobacco licence application for the new store is due to be heard on August 23.

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