Licences revoked in wake of stings

23 February, 2007

A Macclesfield off-licence has been stripped of its licence following complaints about selling alcohol to children.

Boozer in Macclesfield was banned from selling drink by the town council's licensing committee because police had been inundated with complaints of teenagers, some as young as 13, being able to buy it there.

Following sting operations, three more shops across the country have had their licences suspended.

Two shops in Salford - Salford Supermarket in Weaste and Hoolighan's in Kersal - were both banned from selling alcohol for a month after failing several test purchases.

Salford Supermarket owner Tahir Mahmood Arif was also told that after the suspension he would not be able to sell alcohol after 4pm on Friday and Saturday nights to stop anti social behaviour by under-age drinkers in the area .

Hoolighan's owner Minesh Patel was hit with a hefty fine of £1,500 and costs of £2,000 at Salford Magistrates' Court.

North East Convenience Stores in Blyth, Northumberland, had its licence suspended for one month for not challenging a young person about their age during a test purchase. Licensee Madhu Bala Vadera and the company were also each fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £987.

Elsewhere, a staff member at Wine Rack in Berkhamsted was fined £225 and ordered to pay costs of £125 for failing a test purchase, and Co-op was fined £2,850 after its shops in Greenwich, south east London, sold age-restricted goods to children.

A shop worker at the McLeod Road branch sold cigarettes to a 13 year old girl, while staff at the Plumstead Common Road shop sold fireworks illegally.

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