Review of city shop licence dropped after immigration raid

The Londis in Heathgate <i>(Image: Denise Bradley)</i>
The Londis in Heathgate (Image: Denise Bradley)

A city corner shop which was raided by immigration enforcement has seen a review of its premises licence dropped.

The Londis in Heathgate, next to Mousehold Heath, was due to have its alcohol licence reviewed at Norwich City Council this week.

But the licensing committee meeting was pulled at the last minute after Home Office immigration enforcement dropped the request.

The review had been called following an immigration raid at the premises in October where one man was arrested.

It was pulled after evidence showed that the shop owner had taken actions to "uphold licensing objectives", including appointing a new designated premises supervisor.

A Home Office spokesperson said: "Illegal working causes untold harm to our communities, cheating honest workers out of employment, putting vulnerable people at risk, and defrauding the public purse.

“Illegal working visits are up by more than 50pc on last year and arrests have more than doubled, with more people arrested in 2023 than during the whole of 2022. We are also removing those with no right to be in the UK.”