Licence review for Malpas shop over child booze sales
Updated 9:47am Friday 21st March 2014 in News
AN OFF licence in Newport prosecuted for selling alcohol to a child is facing a licensing review next month.
Malpas Road Convenience Store served a 13-year-old a can of cider in the autumn of 2012, according to Newport council papers.
It had been subject to a test sales purchase by the authority’s trading standards department.
The store was prosecuted for selling alcohol to a child in November last year and ordered to pay more than £1,000.
Licensing officers at Newport council want more restrictions on the store’s premises licence.
These include operating a a challenge 21 scheme to check the ID of people who appear to be younger than 21 years of age, operating a book of refusals and having a documented training scheme for staff.
Council papers state that on October 31, 2012, a 13 year old girl was sent to the shop and purchased a can of Magners Original Cider.
The person who sold the alcohol was later identified as Shahnawaza Ur Rahman. Mr Rahman was interviewed under caution, as was the designated premises supervisor and licence holder Robina Mustafa.
The alcohol had been served despite the store's licensing conditions stating that all staff should be trained in the identification of underage drinkers.
On November 18, 2013, the store was prosecuted - it was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £490.50 towards the cost of the investigation and a £100 victim surcharge.
In 2011 a trading standards officer from Newport provided underage sales training,
The review will be heard by Newport council’s licensing sub-committee on April 1.
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