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87 packages of cannabis discovered during routine licensing check at Chatham shop

PUBLISHED: 14:30 14 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:30 14 March 2016

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Officers visited the Chatham Food and Wine store in the High Street last year

A 33-year-old from Belvedere has been jailed after police found weapons and drugs at a shop in Chatham.

Udish Ramparsad, Bullbanks Road, was arrested in July last year at the Chatham Food and Wine store in the High Street.

During a search of the shop, police discovered a baseball bat, knife and 87 packages of cannabis.

He was charged and pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply, possessing a knife in a public place and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

Ramparsad was jailed for eight months, and following a review, the shop’s alcohol licence was revoked.

PC Clare Cossar, licensing officer at Kent Police, said: “Whilst the majority of premises take their responsibility of promoting the licensing objectives seriously, there are a minority who do not adhere to the conditions of their licence.

“We will continue to request licence reviews of those premises found not working towards ensuring public safety and preventing crime and nuisance behaviour.

“The former owner of Chatham Food and Wine store is now behind bars after he was found to have committed serious offences and as a consequence the premise’s licence was revoked.

“We will continue to work closely with licensed premises to help reduce crime and disorder and ensure that customers’ safety is not put at risk.”

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