Tonbridge-based Gin seller fined £200 for selling alcohol without a licence

Thanet District Council brought a successful prosecution against William Edge of Tonbridge after he was found to be selling alcohol without the necessary licence. The case was heard at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 5 December.

The defendant, Mr Edge was running a gin stall at the popular Broadstairs Food Festival which takes place in Victoria Gardens. This is an area that is not licensed for the sale of alcohol. All stall holders planning to sell or serve alcohol during the three day event were advised in advance of the need to apply for a temporary event notice (TEN) at the cost of £21.

The offence is in breach of the 2003 Licensing Act, which the defendant would have had knowledge of because he is the holder of a personal licence to sell alcohol which was granted by Tonbridge & Malling Council in 2015.

Mr Edge pleaded guilty and was fined £200, with a £30 victim surcharge and ordered to pay Thanet District Council costs of £140.

The incident came to light when Thanet District Council Licensing conducted a routine inspection of the Festival’s stall holders. Mr Edge’s stall was offering gin samples with tonic and selling bottles of Greensand Ridge Gin.

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