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Shop faces licence review over underage alcohol sales
5:20am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A WEYMOUTH shop’s licence is up for review again after it was caught selling alcohol to a youth.
Costcutter in Portland Road, Wyke Regis, was among the stores targeted in a Dorset County Council Trading Standards ‘sting’ when a young volunteer was sent to premises to try and buy age-restricted products.
The 15-year-old boy succeeded in buying a bottle of Blue WKD vodka alcopop from the Costcutter shop without being challenged.
It was among four shops which sold to the young volunteer out of nine visited in a test purchase operation.
The sale at Costcutter has led to a premises licence review by the orough council’s licensing committee which will consider the appropriate action to take at a meeting being held tomorrow.
Options include additional conditions being added to the licence, excluding a certain activity from the licence, suspending it for up to three months or revoking it completely.
It will be the second review of the premises as owner Ali Marasli has been caught before on two previous occasions selling alcohol and tobacco to under-age customers.
In the first incident in 2010, alcohol was sold, resulting in a formal caution. In 2011, a packet of tobacco was sold leading to prosecution and a £300 fine.
The licence was also reviewed on the second occasion and a number of conditions were added, as well as the licence being suspended for 28 days so staff could be trained and a new designated premises supervisor appointed.
A report to tomorrow’s meeting says the licence holders have failed to comply with some of the conditions imposed at the last hearing including to operate a ‘Challenge 25’ policy, to keep written records of training, to maintain and monitor a refusals register and to display ‘Challenge 25’ posters in certain parts of the store.
In interview, Mr Marasli told Trading Standards officers he was preoccupied at the time of the sale and the volunteer was of big build which fooled him. He said a challenge 21 till prompt is used but it was found that only applies to tobacco.
When asked what he aimed to do to prevent sales to under-18s in future Mr Marasli said individuals would be asked for ID.
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