In Brief

30 May, 2008

Chain overcomes opposition

A Bargain Booze store will open in Middlesbrough after fighting off objections from local community groups. Martin Ashton won a licence for the store in North Ormesby from Middlesbrough Council licensing panel after facing opposition from North Ormesby Community Council and North Ormesby Youth & Community Centre. The panel heard that Ashton has a clean track record at his existing Bargain Booze store in Ormesby. Objectors feared the off-licence would bring disruptive youths into the local area.

Customer fined for race attack

A Blackpool woman was fined £50 plus £50 compensation after launching a racist tirade against an off-licence owner. Michelle Kenyon hurled abuse at Larysa Young, owner of the Booze Inn off-licence in Marton, after being recognised as someone who was barred from the shop.

Kenyon swore and spat at Young - who originally comes from Ukraine - during the incident and was found guilty of racially aggravated threatening behaviour.

Hairdressers cut free wine

Hairdressers in the West Sussex town of Horsham have been warned they must not supply complimentary glasses of wine to customers without an alcohol licence. Horsham District Council wants to stamp out the widespread practice as it says giving away glasses of wine that are dependent on the purchase of hair or beauty treatments constitutes a sale. The local licensing officer will visit salons over the coming weeks to ensure compliance.

Off-licence backs local bar

The owner of a north London bar has secured later opening hours after winning support from his local Thresher branch. The drinks retailer provided one of 65 letters of support received by Petros Papadopoulous, of the Elementz bar in Muswell Hill, who sought midnight closing for the bar on Fridays and Saturdays to accommodate private functions.

Machete thief caught on CCTV

A robber armed with a machete was caught on CCTV at a Bargain Booze shop in the Stretford area of Manchester. The raider was one of two men who went into the store , and punched a member of staff before making off with cash from the till.

Licence lost for sales to minors

A store in Accrington, Lancashire, has been stripped of its licence after repeatedly selling alcohol to minors. K's Convenience, of Bold Street, failed a test purchase when a 15-year-old boy bought two bottles of WKD, a licensing sub-committee heard. There was evidence of other under-age sales, before and after hours sales, and sales without a licensed supervisor there.

Illegal lager down the drain

Police in the Ashton and Lea districts of Lancashire say they poured away 55 cans of lager bought by children in the course of a single weekend. Two people were issued £80 fixed penalties for buying alcohol on behalf of minors .

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