A grocery shop lost its alcohol licence after facilitating street drinking and selling smuggled goods.

A Day Fresh, in South Parade, Mollison Way, Edgware had its licence revoked by Harrow Council following concerns raised by the Metropolitan Police.

Its licensing officers said the shop, managed by Mathivathani Kenkarajah, had consistently failed to uphold its licence objectives.

They noted alcohol and tobacco duties had not been paid “on numerous occasions” with “no credible explanation” for this.

The council’s licensing panel also heard how Ms Kenkarajah continued to sell alcohol to ‘known’ street drinkers despite police warnings.

She claimed that litter from street drinkers found near the shop could not necessarily be attributed to her, given there are several newsagents nearby.

But she failed to mark alcohol with a price gun to help identify where it had been bought and did not put up a sign noting that street drinking is prohibited in the area whereas other shops did.

Officers were concerned about the number of staff working at the shop – a condition required it to employ at least two people, but this was ignored.

They also criticised the lack of functional CCTV and refusal of sales logbook.

Ms Kenkarajah appealed to the panel for an opportunity to “improve” but it decided, based on police evidence, that she had numerous opportunities to do so in the past.