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19 September, 2008

Jersey plan to up age limit

Jersey is looking at the possibility of raising the legal purchasing age for alcohol from 18 to 21, according to reports from the Channel Island. Ministers are concerned about the level of antisocial drinking, particularly in St Helier, and a

green paper has set out proposals for dealing with the problem. These include tougher penalties for shops which sell to children, and measures to deter minors from attempting to buy alcohol.

Mice mean shut-down

A Leicester off-licence has been closed down by environmental health officers

after they reported "evidence of mouse activity throughout the business" and "contaminated stock" at Portugal Booze Corner. The shop was one of two

in the city inspected following a tip-off from a member of the public.

Licence refused

A licensing committee has refused to grant a licence to a retailer who had hoped to re open an off-licence

previously

closed after

staff were caught selling drinks to children. The Silver Street Off-licence in Doncaster lost its licence in August but

a

relative of the owner submitted a

licence application in a new business name for the same premises. The committee heard that police were opposed to the licence.

Bottle-marking scheme

Three off-licences in the Norden area of Rochdale have signed up to a police bottle-marking scheme to help

fight

under-age drinking. Permanent marker pens are

being used to

label bottles and cans of alcoholic drinks to help the police identify where they were

bought if they are confiscated from someone under the age of 18. Booze Zone, Bottle & Basket and Denehurst Stores, all in Edenfield Road, are taking part in the project.

Flood clean up

A Bedfordshire branch of Bottoms Up was left with a hefty cleaning-up bill after being bit by floods following three hours of torrential rain. Heidi Hawkins, who manages the Chalfont St Peter store, said: "The water started coming into the shop pretty quickly. It soaked through the cardboard of some of our wine boxes and saturated the carpet."

Arrest after break-in attempt

Two men from the Denbigh area have been arrested in connection with an attempted burglary on a branch of McColl's Booze Busters in the town. Police said someone had tried to gain access to the shop in Rhyl Road with a sledgehammer.

Petition thwarts shop's plans

Residents in Mitton, Gloucestershire have succeeded for the second time in six months in stopping Nancy Premier Stores from selling alcohol. The borough council's licensing sub-committee refused the application, citing residents' fears of crime and disorder as a key factor, along with a petition signed by 219 people. The first application was rejected for similar reasons in March.




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