A CLEVELEYS off licence has been suspended from selling alcohol for one week after it sold wine and vodka to children.
The Winery, on Victoria Road West, sold alcohol to a 15 year old girl on two separate occasions during test purchasing operations in August and September last year. On both occasions the girls were not challenged or asked to provide proof of age before purchasing bottles of wine.
Two additional reports of underage sales were made to the police following these incidents where local students had purchased vodka and lager.
Coun Roger Berry, cabinet member with responsibility for licensing said: “The sale of alcohol to children is extremely dangerous. It puts young people at risk of harm and it undoubtedly causes anti social behaviour.
“This case demonstrates a breach of licensing regulations and as such, strong measures have been taken to ensure compliance in the future.”
Wyre Council reviewed the premises’ licence following evidence from the police and took the decision to suspend it for a period of one week. A number of conditions were also imposed to ensure systems and procedures are put in place to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Kevin Harris, owner of The Winery, also runs Cheers Off Licence in Thornton, where the premises licence was suspended due to underage sales of alcohol in 2010.
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