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Shop sold cider to girl 15 but still gains licence

PUBLISHED: 16:22 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 10:12 11 August 2010

A SHOP which sold a can of super strength cider to a 15-year-old girl has been granted a licence to sell alcohol. Khertola Food Mart in Ripple Road, Barking, did not have an alcohol licence when it was caught serving a child with an 8.4 per cent can of bo

A SHOP which sold a can of super strength cider to a 15-year-old girl has been granted a licence to sell alcohol.

Khertola Food Mart in Ripple Road, Barking, did not have an alcohol licence when it was caught serving a child with an 8.4 per cent can of booze in June 2007.

So council licensing officers visited on June 28 and ordered owners Naveet and Shobhanaben Patel to remove all alcohol from the shelves.

But a follow-up visit on June 29 revealed that alcohol was still on sale and an under-cover officer was able to buy a bottle of wine.

Mr and Mrs Patel applied for an alcohol licence later that summer but the application was refused.

Last Tuesday night (March 18) the Licensing and Regulatory Board met at Dagenham Civic Centre and decided to grant the licence subject to a number of conditions.

To back-up their application Mr and Mrs Patel promised to ask for ID from anyone who looks under 21, and keep a book to note down all refused sales.

Two residents of nearby Harrow Road wrote letters of objection to the application. Both complained of groups of youths congregating near the shops and feared that the sale of alcohol might increase anti-social behaviour.

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