Sale of alcohol could be banned at Dagenham store

The council hopes to ban the sale of alcohol at a store after counterfeit wine and spirits were discovered and lager was sold to a 15-year-old.

Councillors are due to decide tonight whether to accept an application from trading standards to review the licence at Essex Food and Wine in Dagenham Road, Dagenham.

Bottles of spirits with no duty stamps were found in June 2010, while counterfeit wine was discovered in April 2011.

In September 2009 four cans of lager were sold to a 15-year-old volunteer during a test purchase exercise.

A council report said trading standards do not have confidence in the management team at the store and that they want to revoke the licence.

This week licence holder Erhan Karakas said: “In regards to the counterfeit alcohol and the missing duty stamps, we buy our goods from cash and carry stores and it is hard to spot when the stuff is dodgy. Usually you are not allowed to open the box to check.

“My brother did not check for I.D when the 15-year-old came, but that was a one off. We are very strict now and ask for the I.D of anyone who looks under 25.”

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To see if the application was given the green light at tonight’s licensing and regulatory board check our website tomorrow.