A football club boss has been fined for selling alcohol without a licence – at his fish and chip shop.
James Ward, joint boss of Ramsgate FC and manager of Papps Fish Bar, was reported for selling and displaying booze without having a premises licence.
When council officers visited his premises, he was told he must apply for a licence, but claimed it wasn’t worth applying because he didn’t sell much booze.
At Canterbury Magistrates’ Court Ward was found guilty for exposing alcohol for unauthorised sale and ordered to pay a £500 fine with £250 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.
The seized drinks were forfeited and the personal licence granted to Ward, from Thanet, Kent, in 2012, was suspended for six months.
Cabinet member for community services at Thanet District Council, Cllr Lin Fairbrass slammed the footie boss.
She said: “This is irresponsible business practice.”