Short sharp shock for Doncaster off-licence boss

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A DONCASTER off-licence has reopened after being forced to shut for a weekend for selling booze to underage children.

Alex Chacko, the licensee of Bargain Booze in High Street, Bentley, accepted the voluntary closure notice issued by Doncaster Council as an alternative to prosecution.

The move follows a series of recent test purchasing exercises carried out by Doncaster Council’s trading standards and South Yorkshire Police officers.

On two occasions, underage children were sold alcohol at the Bargain Booze store, resulting in the issuing of fixed penalty notices to the individual sellers responsible.

Coun Cynthia Ransome, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “In partnership with South Yorkshire Police, we respond in a proactive manner to address growing concerns about the effects alcohol can have on a young person’s health and the strong link between alcohol and anti-social behaviour.

“The closure notice is designed to be a quick and effective response in the circumstances where licensed premises have persistently sold alcohol to underage children, while avenues of further advice and assistance are explored with a view to minimising the likelihood of any repetition.”

If a licensee accepts a closure notice the slate is wiped clean of the previous offences.