In Brief

27 July, 2007

Raiders bind woman

A lone female worker was tied up by two men who

stole cash from the shop she was

staffing. The woman suffered minor injuries following the raid at a branch of Wine Rack in Wadhurst, Sussex .

Licences revoked in test sting

Licensing officers in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, revoked the licence at one shop and suspended licences at three others during a 10-week test purchasing campaign. The operation, from May 4 to July 15, targeted 20 licensed premises in the area. Thirteen fixed penalty notices and two court summonses were also issued. Shops were visited a maximum of five times with visits ending the third time if they passed previous test purchases.

Responsible retailers praised

Drinks retailers in Hertfordshire have been praised by the authorities for being responsible . Only 22 sales were made to under-age test purchasers during a four month campaign which saw 57 premises visited a total of 200 times. Licensing co-ordinator inspector Deirdre Dent said: "It is extremely encouraging to see that the majority of the premises visited during the campaign did not sell to our test purchasers."

Bomber convicted

A man who threw a petrol bomb into an off-licence , killing two people, has been placed in a secure hospital after being

convicted of manslaughter and arson. Robert Torto, of Stockwell, south London, admitted killing shop workers Khiza Hayat and Hamidullah Hamidi when he threw the bomb into Pricecutter Food

& Wine in Stockwell on April 27, 2006. Torto, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, was

tried at the Old Bailey and

ordered to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

Under-age drinkers foiled

Surrey police confiscated a "significant amount" of alcohol from under -age drinkers in Caterham and Warlingham over a three-week period. Details were taken from those stopped, their parents informed about what had happened and information obtained regarding premises police say were illegally selling alcohol to under-age drinkers.

Lager thief arrested

A man has been arrested by officers investigating the theft of nearly 1,000 cans of lager from an off-licence in Littlehampton, West Sussex. Staff at The Local found the cans had gone when they opened the shop on July 19. The 24-year-old suspect was arrested and 95 cans of lager seized after officers visited an address in the town. He was later released on police bail and ordered to return on Aug 19.

Licence bid fails

A shop in Darwen, Lancs, has had an application for a drinks licence rejected after complaints from 15 residents. Nazzaqat Ali applied for the licence for Mottrams' Corner Shop in Cemetery Road.




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