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Published on May 6th, 2011 | by Dean Carr


Newcastle store can sell booze despite vicar’s plea

A BID to sell booze has been given the green light – despite pleas from a Tyneside church official. A row broke out after plans were submitted to sell alcohol just yards away from St John the Baptist’s Church, on Grainger Street, Newcastle. It was claimed the site had been blighted by ugly scrawls and plagued by drunken yobs and thieves. In recent months, the church has been targeted by vandals and thugs who use its graveyard as a drinking ground. Thieves have also broken into the church hall. And after the Londis Metro applied for a licence to sell alcohol, vicar Neil Wilson launched a bid to block the application. In documents that went before Newcastle City Council’s licensing sub committee, Rev Wilson said the site had been spoilt by acts of anti-social behaviour. He said: “These include noise, litter, urination, defecation as well as lewd acts. These matters have been raised repeatedly over the years with councillors and the police. “In recent months, both the hall and its church have been subjected to crimes – petty theft from members of the congregation and a break-in to our hall – which have been linked to those who abuse alcohol.”

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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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