Alcohol ban for store caught serving children

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A SHOP has had its licence to sell alcohol suspended for three months after being caught serving children twice on the same day.

Underage volunteers were sent into Singh’s Wine and Food Store, Derby Road, Chesterfield, during an operation in July last year and two children were served with booze without being asked to prove their ages.

Store assistant Nazeem Hussain, who served the youngsters, was slapped with an £80 fixed penalty notice for breaching the Licensing Act and Chesterfield Council suspended the store’s licence following a review hearing where councillors were told the store had been caught serving alcohol to children in 2010.

When the licence is reinstated, every bottle of alcohol on sale will have to be marked up with the shop’s details so that they can be traced back.

Members of staff must also record the name and age of every customer asked to show their identity under the ‘Challenge 25’ scheme, where everyone who looks under the age of 25 must be asked to provide proof of age.

Coun Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We work hard to protect the public from traders who are operating illegally – at the same time safeguarding the livelihood of businesses which work within the law.

“This was the second time this store has been subject to a licence review because of underage sales.

“It is also the third Chesterfield-area store to receive a licence suspension in the last four weeks and this should send out a clear message to other traders that illegal sales will not be tolerated.”