In Brief

29 June, 2007

Millennium holds trade event

Millennium Cash & Carry is holding a three-day trade event at its revamped depot in Barking, Essex. The re-opening follows a £500,000 refurbishment, including the installation of new racking and a new sales processing system. A full range of confectionery, crisps, snacks, cigarettes and tobacco has also been introduced. New secure rooms have been built to house its spirits and tobacco range and a new logo has been designed for the relaunch. Millennium said that "hundreds of suppliers will be taking part, offering some great deals on their products". The warehouse can be found

at 57 King Edward Road, Barking.

Licence suspended

The owner of a shop in Peterborough has had his alcohol licence suspended and supervisor status removed because he failed to train his staff to deal with attempted under-age sales. Peterborough City Council's licensing officers told Shaukat Ali of Omar Groceries to put a training policy in place after staff failed two test purchases in November last year, but they took action because he did not carry out their request.

Call for responsibility in Camden

Drinks retailers in Camden have received a letter from the council warning them to trade responsibly or risk a fine. Camden Council said it had become "increasingly concerned" by the number of off-licences in the area selling alcohol outside licensing hours and to street drinkers. It also said some were not displaying their premises licence. Four shops in Camden have been prosecuted so far this year for not abiding by the licensing law.

Witnesses please step forward

West Midlands police have called for witnesses after shots were fired at an

off-licence in Coseley. Officers were called to the shop on Birmingham New Road on the evening of June 19, following reports that shots had been fired inside the premises. No one was injured. Police are keeping an open mind as to whether the incident is linked to a previous one in April.

Call for bag back-up

Grampian Police are requesting that drinks retailers mark bottles and bags with the name of their shop to help in the fight to combat under-age drinking. The tactic has already been tried in other parts of the UK.

Doncaster crackdown

One Doncaster drinks shop has had its licence revoked and two others face temporary closure following a crackdown by the local police and council. An off-licence in Broxholme Lane had its premises licence suspended for 14 days due to test purchase failure. A shop in Kirk Sandall had its licence suspended for 60 days after failed test purchases and antisocial behaviour. A third off-licence, in Simpson Place in Mexborough, had its licence revoked in full due to failed a test purchases and antisocial behaviour.

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