I have posted on many similar subjects/threads over the last few years and my view has been consistent:
1. This is not a problem unique to this county, this is happening every day throughout the UK.
2. The law is an ass..heard that before. If a shop has an alcohol licence the Police can and do take it to a licensing review to get it revoked.
3. Revoking a licence does not mean that a shop can no longer trade. This does happen in this county, but rarely in other areas of West Mercia who have bigger towns and cities, larger multi national communities and significantly more corner shops. Perhaps locally the Police and the council have got their eye on the ball.
4. The Police and council can use closure powers under the Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The powers mean a court case in the Magistrates - who can order a premises to be closed for up to 6 months. This means it excludes everyone - a part from the owner - from entering the premises. This rarely happens - but who knows with these shops...
5. A landlord - who owns the premises - receives a rent. If they are aware of the shop has been involved in criminal activity it is fair to say that they are receiving rent which has been obtained as proceeds of crime = money laundering.
6. The law is inadequate - shops need to be closed permanently, those who own/operate them need to be disqualified from holding business leases. If they are no EU citizens and fail to obey the law of the land and are convicted, UK Immigration can and do have them removed from the UK.
7. Lastly and most importantly very few of these shops are owned and run by Polish born citizens - they are normally run by Kurds and are a front for more sinister activities. If east Europeans shop at the premises, they are no different to those British citizens who are looking for cheap cigarettes and who do use these shops, and some openly sell tobacco brought in (by them) from abroad for so called personal use...its a crime...