Licence review for Malpas shop over child booze sales

Licence review for Malpas shop over child booze sales

Licence review for Malpas shop over child booze sales

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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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9:37am Fri 21 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

I really wish their licence can be removed to set an example, I rather fear it will be a fine and carry on selling to kids... we could prevent a lot by prohibiting booze sales after 6pm and jail sentences for adults buying booze for kids, the police can shut these things down, we have to ask why the law is stopping them..
I really wish their licence can be removed to set an example, I rather fear it will be a fine and carry on selling to kids... we could prevent a lot by prohibiting booze sales after 6pm and jail sentences for adults buying booze for kids, the police can shut these things down, we have to ask why the law is stopping them.. Mervyn James
  • Score: 12

10:18am Fri 21 Mar 14

gathin says...

Because he's obviously a member of the RoP maybe?
That's more than likely the reason for this travesty of "justice" and the town council need their votes to keep themselves in the chair.
One out- all out with this lot isn't it.
Because he's obviously a member of the RoP maybe? That's more than likely the reason for this travesty of "justice" and the town council need their votes to keep themselves in the chair. One out- all out with this lot isn't it. gathin
  • Score: 5

10:26am Fri 21 Mar 14

Magor says...

There are too many shops selling booze that is the main problem.
There are too many shops selling booze that is the main problem. Magor
  • Score: 11

1:53pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Our breed only says...

I dunno they comes to our country an gets away with everythin loose there license
I dunno they comes to our country an gets away with everythin loose there license Our breed only
  • Score: -3

7:23pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Our breed only wrote:
I dunno they comes to our country an gets away with everythin loose there license
English translation required.
[quote][p][bold]Our breed only[/bold] wrote: I dunno they comes to our country an gets away with everythin loose there license[/p][/quote]English translation required. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 7

11:52pm Fri 21 Mar 14

cymruamblyth says...

Not a month goes by without a story about a Off License selling alcohol to underage kids.. Actually there's four Off Licenses all on the same stretch, and Sainsburys round the corner.. Why do they need four Off License on one street?

These people never lose there licenses as they always use the excuse, "It's a relative who's just moved here from abroad and doesn't know the Law"

In reality empty shop means less money for the council.. No wonder Newport has such a bad reputation.. BBC News Wales reported A Cardiff Off License had it license revoked in days and then forced to close..
Not a month goes by without a story about a Off License selling alcohol to underage kids.. Actually there's four Off Licenses all on the same stretch, and Sainsburys round the corner.. Why do they need four Off License on one street? These people never lose there licenses as they always use the excuse, "It's a relative who's just moved here from abroad and doesn't know the Law" In reality empty shop means less money for the council.. No wonder Newport has such a bad reputation.. BBC News Wales reported A Cardiff Off License had it license revoked in days and then forced to close.. cymruamblyth
  • Score: 4

11:37am Sat 22 Mar 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

cymruamblyth wrote:
Not a month goes by without a story about a Off License selling alcohol to underage kids.. Actually there's four Off Licenses all on the same stretch, and Sainsburys round the corner.. Why do they need four Off License on one street?

These people never lose there licenses as they always use the excuse, "It's a relative who's just moved here from abroad and doesn't know the Law"

In reality empty shop means less money for the council.. No wonder Newport has such a bad reputation.. BBC News Wales reported A Cardiff Off License had it license revoked in days and then forced to close..
And quite a lot of the shopkeepers do not drink alcohol on religious grounds, but they are happy to sell it to others that do.
Profit comes before morals here.
[quote][p][bold]cymruamblyth[/bold] wrote: Not a month goes by without a story about a Off License selling alcohol to underage kids.. Actually there's four Off Licenses all on the same stretch, and Sainsburys round the corner.. Why do they need four Off License on one street? These people never lose there licenses as they always use the excuse, "It's a relative who's just moved here from abroad and doesn't know the Law" In reality empty shop means less money for the council.. No wonder Newport has such a bad reputation.. BBC News Wales reported A Cardiff Off License had it license revoked in days and then forced to close..[/p][/quote]And quite a lot of the shopkeepers do not drink alcohol on religious grounds, but they are happy to sell it to others that do. Profit comes before morals here. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 2

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