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Shop licence revoked by councillors
A SHOP has had its licence revoked after the owner was caught selling alcohol to a 15-year-old boy.
At a meeting of the Weymouth and Portland Borough Council licensing sub-committee, councillors told owner Ali Marasli that the premises licence to sell alcohol is to be revoked.
Richard Herringshaw, licensing officer for Dorset County Council Trading Standards, told the sub-committee that the incident on August 7 is not the first time age restricted products have been supplied to youngsters at the store.
A licence review was held in July 2011 after two separate occasions where under-18s were sold tobacco or alcohol. As a result of that review the licence was suspended for 28 days and a number of conditions added to it.
But Mr Herringshaw said that in the investigation following the latest incident, officers found that conditions such as keeping a record of sale refusals to under 18s and using the Challenge 25 policy, had been breached.
He added: “We are seriously concerned about this premises because it sold age-restricted products to young people on three occasions.”
Mr Marasali told the committee he accepted he had made a mistake and apologised for it.
He said the incident was down to 'human error' and that his mind had been preoccupied.
He added: “We have had a couple of issues but it's always been a top notch store. We do not sell underage alcohol.
“We are trying to take every measure to stop this from happening again.”
Anti-social behaviour around the area is also an issue, councillors were told.
In a statement by ward councillor Kate Wheller, which was read to the committee, she said: “The Friends of Wyke Gardens and the Wyke Protection Society have worked very hard to improve and enhance the gardens on Portland Road.
“A significant problem is the consumption of alcohol and the subsequent damage caused by problems linked to alcohol consumption.
“The volunteers chuck away a number of empty bottles each morning.”
Announcing the decision of the sub-committee, chair Robbie Dunster said: “Having reviewed the terms of the licence and considered all the evidence we have decided to revoke the premises licence for the following reasons.
“You admit selling alcohol to a boy of 15. You failed to comply with the previous review conditions of Challenge 25 and keeping a register of refusals, and the registered premises supervisor has not been present on the licence premises.”
Effect of decision is not immediate
THE decision does not mean that the store will stop selling alcohol immediately.
Under licensing laws they are entitled to appeal the decision within 21 days and, if an appeal is lodged, alcohol can legally be sold until the case is complete.
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