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Published on August 31st, 2011 | by Dean Carr

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Liverpool club Ruby Sky rapped for selling alcohol to 16-year-olds

A Liverpool City centre nightclub escaped punishment after being caught selling alcohol to children.

Two 16-year-old girls were sold booze at popular Concert Square nightspot Ruby Sky.

One walked past three door staff unchallenged, while the other youngster bought her drinks from the Wood Street club’s deputy manager.

At a licensing hearing called by police, city councillors heard that state-of-the-art equipment designed to detect fake IDs was switched off.

The club avoided the possible suspension of its licence after vowing to take tough steps to prevent under-age sales.

Stonegate Pub Company, which runs pubs and bars across the UK, said it was “very disappointed” to have failed the test purchases.

The meeting heard how a 16-year-old girl was enticed to enter the club on March 19 by a tout working on behalf of a promoter at the club to boost footfall.

The girl walked past three door staff who failed to ask her for identification and was not challenged when she tried to buy a drink at the bar.

Ruby Sky was the only club of nine spot-checked by trading standards teams that night to fail the test purchase.

After being warned to expect another visit, the club failed a second sting on July 16 at 9pm, when no door staff were present.

Source : Liverpool Echo

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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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