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Ludlow store sold alcohol to children
A LUDLOW convenience store has had its license suspended for selling alcohol to children.
The suspension of the alcohol licence at Costcutter in Coder Road was made by Shropshire Council’s icensing sub-committee.
Public protection officers have welcomed the decision following two separate sales of alcohol to minors.
The store was visited by public protection officers early in 2013 as part of a market surveillance exercise to assess the willingness of retailers to sell alcohol to minors.
During this exercise a bottle of Smirnoff Ice was sold to an underage volunteer. A follow up visit was undertaken a couple of months later which again resulted with an illegal sale, this time of Strongbow cider.
An application for a license review was submitted by public protection officers over concerns that the operation of the Costcutter store was undermining the licensing objective of ‘protecting children from harm’.
A hearing was held in Shrewsbury and, following the license review, Frances Darling, service manager for safer and stronger communities within public protection, said the action was justified.
“The public protection service will from time-totime undertake alcohol test purchasing exercises at retail premises using underage individuals,” he said.
“Any person found to sell alcohol during these operations may be issued with a fixed penalty notice, or in certain cases a formal investigation can be undertaken which could result in legal proceedings. However, in addition to this, the service is also able to request a license review.”
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