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Tesco told to keep log in booze battle

St Annes Christmas lights switch on ceremony in the Square.
The Mayor of St Annes Angela Jacques. PIC BY ROB LOCK
24-11-2012

St Annes Christmas lights switch on ceremony in the Square. The Mayor of St Annes Angela Jacques. PIC BY ROB LOCK 24-11-2012

Measures to stop underage drinking in Warton have been imposed on a shop in a bid to stop children boozing, according to licensing bosses.

Fylde Council’s licensing panel told bosses at the village’s Tesco store they must keep a log of refusals to sell alcohol in a bid to stop young people from “trying it on” to buy alcohol.

At the meeting, Tesco had disputed the condition of its licence, which had been recommended by Lancashire Police.

But members of the council’s licensing panel sided with police.

Speaking to The Gazette after the decision, panel chairman Coun Angela Jacques said: “We’ve got to think of the people of Warton who are concerned about crime and damaging effects on their area.

“We know what youngsters are like because we’ve been there before. We know that they will try it on.

“It is just to help the police. I can’t see why the would have a problem with it.

“We know the area and I think (Tesco) should respect that.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary said: “The issue of underage drinking is no more of a problem in this area than anywhere else, however we do believe that recording a refusals register is good practice.

“This particular condition is not unique to this store and a number of other premises in the area also record a refusals register.”

Despite repeated requests, no-one from Tesco has been available for comment.

However the company argued at the licensing meeting that the practice did not exist in its other four stores in South Fylde.

 

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