Convenience store set for licence suspension after selling cider to underage customers

Convenience store set for licence suspension after selling cider to underage customers

Convenience store set for licence suspension after selling cider to underage customers

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A corner shop could be forced to stop selling alcohol for three months after underage customers bought lager and cider in a police sting.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s licensing panel has agreed to suspend the licence of the Local Star convenience store in Edward Street for three months.

The move comes after a Sussex Police test purchase operation caught staff selling alcohol to a 17-year-old in February and to a 15-year-old in April.

Police papers calling for a review of the premises’ licence also stated that the shop was known to sell high-strength alcohol to street drinkers.

The shop has a licence to sell alcohol everyday between 6am and midnight.

The panel was also told yesterday that since the incidents, the licence holder Lokman Tiryaki has worked with the police to rectify the situation and a memorandum of agreement had been signed by both parties.

The council panel also agreed to other recommendations by Sussex Police that the shop should enforce a Challenge 21 policy and maintain a refusals book listing all customers who have been turned away for being too drunk.

Councillor Stephanie Powell, chair of the licensing panel, said: “The panel would like to make it known to the premises licence holder that this is a serious case and that our decision has given them the opportunity to ensure they comply with the licensing objectives.

“Should any further breaches take place, they run the risk of full revocation.”

The shop’ licence holder has until August 1 to appeal the decision before the suspension comes into force and will end on October 31.

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12:38pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Take it Personally says...

Oh I see, so this is all Sussex Police do these days?
What about catching some real criminals?
Oh I see, so this is all Sussex Police do these days? What about catching some real criminals? Take it Personally
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1:16pm Wed 9 Jul 14

tekniko says...

I had no idea that the building in the picture was a convenience store.
I had no idea that the building in the picture was a convenience store. tekniko
  • Score: 10

1:27pm Wed 9 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

tekniko wrote:
I had no idea that the building in the picture was a convenience store.
It's near enough for The Argus.....it's technically on a corner.
[quote][p][bold]tekniko[/bold] wrote: I had no idea that the building in the picture was a convenience store.[/p][/quote]It's near enough for The Argus.....it's technically on a corner. stevo!!
  • Score: 6

2:05pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

"Police papers calling for a review of the premises’ licence also stated that the shop was known to sell high-strength alcohol to street drinkers."

And this is agains the law because...? Quite clearly the Police submitted no evidence that these sales were contributing to public drunken-ness or that the shop was selling alcohol to those in an advanced state of intoxication. Because if they HAD then that would most certainly have been reported.

Can we now look forward to refusals of food licences in the future on the grounds that Police have observed sales of high-calorie foods to the obese?
"Police papers calling for a review of the premises’ licence also stated that the shop was known to sell high-strength alcohol to street drinkers." And this is agains the law because...? Quite clearly the Police submitted no evidence that these sales were contributing to public drunken-ness or that the shop was selling alcohol to those in an advanced state of intoxication. Because if they HAD then that would most certainly have been reported. Can we now look forward to refusals of food licences in the future on the grounds that Police have observed sales of high-calorie foods to the obese? Goldenwight
  • Score: -2

6:10pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Fight_Back says...

I suggest members of the licencing committee and police officers try living on the street. They might suddenly realise that drink helps numb the pain of nobody giving a toss about you.
I suggest members of the licencing committee and police officers try living on the street. They might suddenly realise that drink helps numb the pain of nobody giving a toss about you. Fight_Back
  • Score: 0

6:10pm Wed 9 Jul 14

sussexram40 says...

Take its licence away for good. No deterrent.
Take its licence away for good. No deterrent. sussexram40
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