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Published on December 2nd, 2010 | by Dean Carr

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Closure Notice For Persistently Selling Alcohol To Children

Under Section 169A(2) of the Licensing Act 2003 Hampshire Constabulary have issued a closure notice this week to a premises known as Redbarn Express, 71 Linden Lee, Portchester, Fareham, Hampshire. The closure notice was issued as a warning to the retailer for persistent underage sales offences. The first unlawful sale was committed on 21/08/2010 when two sixteen year old test purchasers where sold a bottle of wine by a member of staff from the store. The second failed test purchase happened on 06/11/2010 during a Police juvenile test purchase operation. 2 x 16 year old’s entered the store and selected a bottle of wine which was taken to the till. A sale was made again by a member of staff who was issued a Fixed Penalty Notice. The closure order is due to commence on Saturday 18/12/2010 from 08.00 am until Sunday 19/12/2010 until 23.00 hours.

Many police forces throughout the United Kingdom would normally call for a review of the premises licence before the Local Councils Licensing Authority and Licensing Committee. Licensing Committee’s have the power to Revoke the premises licence or suspend it. The can also ask for conditions to be attached to the licence such as CCTV or staff training. They also have the power to remove the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS).

Under section 169A of the Licensing Act 2003 a closure notice of this type can be issued by a Police officer of the rank of superintendent or above or a Trading Standards Officer. The closure can propose a prohibition of alcohol sales from the premises for a period of up to 48 hours. This could be used by Police and Trading Standards Officers to deliver a short Sharp shock to retailers who make unauthorised sales to underage persons.

Source : Alcohol Licence.org

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188



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