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Store given 17-hour alcohol licence

PUBLISHED: 11:21 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:53 07 September 2010

A CONVENIENCE shop in West Hampstead has been granted a 17-hour alcohol licence despite letters of protest from neighbours. The Seven2Eleven store on Mill Lane, which opened two weeks ago, was given permission by Camden Council to sell booze from 7am unti

A CONVENIENCE shop in West Hampstead has been granted a 17-hour alcohol licence despite letters of protest from neighbours.

The Seven2Eleven store on Mill Lane, which opened two weeks ago, was given permission by Camden Council to sell booze from 7am until midnight, seven days a week.

More than 20 residents complained it would exacerbate crime and antisocial behaviour. The police asked for restrictions, including installing CCTV, because of street-drinking problems in the area.

But shopkeeper Mohammad Amin said he would have been forced to close without the licence.

"I bought the premises on the basis it already had a licence but there was a mix-up with the council transferring it and I had to reapply," he said.

"I have been in this business for a long time and we know exactly what we are doing. We understand the conditions with licensing and the way the issues can affect local communities.

"I am a small-business man looking to make a living. All the conditions the police have asked for we will, of course, abide by. We already have CCTV and the staff are experienced. We are doing it by the book.

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