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Slated over cider sting

PUBLISHED: 17:23 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 11 August 2010

OFF-LICENCE owners who served cider to 16-year-old police volunteers have had strict conditions imposed on their business. Pick and Save store in Green Lane, Dagenham, failed the police test on April 11 – Ms Puvanaswary Murgiah sold minors alcohol without

OFF-LICENCE owners who served cider to 16-year-old police volunteers have had strict conditions imposed on their business.

Pick and Save store in Green Lane, Dagenham, failed the police test on April 11 - Ms Puvanaswary Murgiah sold minors alcohol without asking for id.

In a meeting of the Licensing and Regulatory board on Wednesday June 4 it was decided a tough approach was needed.

Under these new conditions staff must challenge anyone who looks under 21 for id and a staff log-book of those allowed to serve alcohol will be kept.

Another new policy is that the business keeps a refusal book to record any occasions where they have to refuse a sale.

Police approved CCTV will be put in place and footage can be inspected by officers or the council upon request.

And the shop must also keep track of any training their staff receive, recording who trained them and when.

A council spokesman said: "The review meeting is a major part of the licensing process because it gives the council the chance to re-examine local licensed premises and decide if they are operating their businesses properly.

"Before reaching a decision, the board will hear evidence from the premises' management, as well as the people who asked for the review - which is not just the police.

"Local residents can also gather their own evidence if they believe a premises is not being run in line with the licensing objectives and also ask the council to carry out a review.

"Several licences have been suspended or revoked since the Licensing and Regulatory Board was set up, evidence, says the council, of its tough approach to local licensing.


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