A new drinks shop in Mitcham is the first of three to be opened in London under the name On Ice. Owned by husband and wife team Neil and Sindy Patel, the shops are described as a "new concept that will rival the likes of Thresher" and will feature touchscreen computers that select particular wines based on customers' likes and dislikes. The first On Ice opened on June 13 and can be found at 288, London Road, Mitcham.
Petrol attack in Belfast
An off-licence manager in west Belfast was doused with petrol and told he would be set alight unless he opened the shop's safe. Two men, one holding a gun and another a claw hammer, launched their attack as the store manager entered the shop on the morning of May 8. The robbers punched the victim and struck him with the gun when he told them he could not open the safe. The manager eventually managed to open the safe after being covered in petrol and the robbers escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Nine years for knife threat
Two robbers who subjected drinks shop staff to a terrifying ordeal have been jailed for nine years between them. Paul Holland of Copper Beech Close, Broughton, Flintshire, was sentenced to five years in prison and Carl Sheehan, of Broadway West, Chester, to four on June 1, for threatening two female shop assistants with a cheese knife at Simply Drinks in Broughton in May last year.
Police under-age crackdown
Police officers in Leicestershire seized 46 cans of lager and a bottle of wine from under-18s in Glenfield, Kirby Muxloe and Leicester Forest East during a three-hour swoop on local parks and public areas on May 25. PC Mike Cawley said more patrols would be carried out over the coming months and told drinks retailers they would be visited by police to be reminded of the law involving the sale of alcohol. He said: "Off-licences will be challenged when alcohol, confiscated from under 18s, is identified as being purchased from their store."
Drink sellers anti-crime plan
Drinks retailers in Rushden, Northants, have signed up to a scheme which is designed to rid the town of alcohol-related crime. Problem drinkers who are barred from a shop or pub for bad behaviour will not be served in any of the 75 businesses selling alcohol in the town. Any of the scheme's members who fail to report incidents in their premises could have their licence suspended.
Tyneside force grab big haul
Police in Tyneside have seized more than 400 bottles and cans of lager from alcohol exclusion zones in the the Westerhope and Newburn areas of Newcastle, mainly from under-age youngsters. The haul comprised of around 100 litres of lager, 20 litres of cider and 20 litres of RTDs. The police said they would take "strong action" against retailers selling alcohol to under-18s.