Birmingham shop has licence revoked after hundreds of Viagra-like pills found

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Selly Acre News (credit: Google Street View)

A shop in Birmingham has had its licence revoked after Trading Standards found hundreds of Viagra-like pills under the counter.

Councillors on the Licensing Sub Committee on Monday (January 13) ruled for Selly Acre News on Pershore Road to have its licence revoked due to the illegal selling of Sildamax, a type of medication that can only be dispensed at a pharmacy.

Trading Standards conducted a full inspection of the premise in August and found 600 illicit cigarettes and hundreds of Sildamax pills.

Samir Hussein, the licence holder, claimed the cigarettes were for personal use and the Viagra-like pills belonged to a ‘mate’.

A month later Trading Standards returned to the premise and seized further quantities of the pills. Pills were cut up for individual sales in blister packs with no exterior packaging or instructions for use.

West Midlands Police also visited the shop just 26 days after Trading Standards issued their warning to the Stirchley-based shop.

Police found a baseball bat and a golf club under the till which Mr Hussein said were on sale.

PC Abdool Rohomon said the shop was “all about greed” and that there is no “confidence in the licence held by DPS.”  

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