Police fear crime if Blackpool shop’s new booze plans approved

Bolton Street News and Booze
Bolton Street News and Booze
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A Blackpool shop could be blocked from selling booze after police raised concerns about its potential impact on anti-social behaviour.

Officers have launched an appeal to Blackpool Council after a fresh bid to sell beer and spirits at the Bolton Street Booze and News, in Bolton Street, Blackpool was made.

PC Natali Harper

PC Natali Harper

According to the council the newsagents was stripped of its licence in October last year due to failed test purchases and poor management.

The owners of the shop have applied to sell beer between 8am and 11pm – but police have raised fears it could lead to an increase in alcoholism.

PC Natali Harper, community beat manager in Bloomfield ward, said: “There are a high number of alcoholics in the area who rely on buying cheap alcohol and Bolton Street News is an establishment which they frequent.

“This leads to drinking on the street which leads to the local businesses in the area complaining to police and it becomes a very time resourceful issue for the neighbourhood policing team.

This leads to drinking on the street which leads to the local businesses in the area complaining to police and it becomes a very time resourceful issue for the neighbourhood policing team

“There have also been past issues with underage drinking on Bolton Street and the surrounding area and kids either attempting to get served or hanging around the off licence waiting for someone else to buy alcohol for them.”

The shop’s licence was revoked in June 2014 after an alcopop was sold to a 15-year-old girl in an undercover sting.

The owners appealed, but the store was finally banned from selling alcohol in October. The council meeting to decide the application is set to take place at 6pm on September 23 at Town Hall.

‘Alcohol sales would allow the business to develop’ – agent

This newsagents had a premises licence from November 2005 until October. At the time of the review the licence was held by Chanthirasekaren Chanthrakumar. During the review proceedings the licence was transferred to Sithamparapillai Thevakantha, with Puventhirarajan Nadarajah applying to the council for the latest licence.

Ian Rushton, an agent applying for the licence on behalf of Mr Nadarajah, said: “The proposed alcohol sales are ancillary and would not be a significant element of the business.

“Alcohol sales would allow the business to develop and remain competitive while also promoting the licensing objectives.” He confirmed safety measures, including the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and prevention of children from harm would be followed.