In Brief

16 November, 2007

Spotless towns praised

North Yorkshire Police and Trading Standards officers have praised off-licence owners and staff in Harrogate and Knaresborough town centres after spot-checks on the sale of alcohol to under-age drinkers revealed not a single breach of the law. Inspector John Downham said: "This is an excellent example of robust laws and a responsible, comm unity-minded local business ethos working hand in hand to improve quality of life in our neighbourhoods."

Licence revoked

A food and wine store in Milton Keynes has had its licence revoked for continuing to sell alcohol to under-18s after failing a test purchase.

Stony Food & Wine

was also found to be employing an illegal immigrant when investigated by Thames Valley

Police and Trading Standards. Milton Keynes' licensing committee decided to strip the store of its licence at a meeting on Oct 30. The owners have until Nov 20 to appeal.

Racist fined

An 18-year-old who admitted racially abusing an Asian off-licence owner in Wigan has been told to pay her £150 compensation. Sean Chadwick, 18, of Kirkhall Lane, Leigh, told Parveen Aktar, who owns The Main Off-licence in Leigh, to "go back to where she came from" when she refused to serve him. The owner called the police who questioned Chadwick after the incident. The teenager was also given a two-month suspended prison sentence, a three-month curfew order and

ordered to pay

£75 costs by Wigan

magistrates .

Spirits stolen

A drinks thief was given an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay compensation and costs after pleading guilty to stealing bottles of spirits from an off-licence in Eastbourne. John Kelly, 27, of Avard Crescent, appeared at Eastbourne Magistrates' Court on Nov 2 charged with stealing bottles of Jack Daniel's and Malibu from off-licence Joe's Corkscrew.

Locals protest application

Two hundred people have objected to an alcohol licence application for a Preston supermarket. Councillors in the Lancashire town received a barrage of protests against Somerfield's application for a licence to sell drink at its store on Garstand Road, Fulwood.

Selling without a licence

A former off-licence owner and his shop supervisor have been fined for selling without a licence. Jeyachandran Karupusamy of Woodside Avenue, Alperton and Senathirajah Ravichandran of Morley Crescent East, Stanmore, were fined at Hemel Hempstead Magistrates' Court last week. The men pleaded guilty to one count each of carrying on licensable activities without an authorisation, and exposing alcohol for sale by retail on premises.

The offences were committed between Dec 23 2005 and Feb 20 2006 at Jeya Convenience Store, St Albans Road, which Karupusamy owned.


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