Off-licence gets booze ban

AN off licence caught selling booze to two underage customers has had its alcohol licence suspended following a test purchase sting.

Underage test purchase volunteers were sold alcohol by the Freshway store on Duke Street, St Helens, on two separate occasions.

Following a joint police and trading standards sting, St Helens Council’s sub licensing committee imposed a month-long suspension of the store’s alcohol licence - which is due to come into effect on July 23.

Other conditions were also imposed to prevent future sales of alcohol to children at the shop.

The Freshway store owners have 21 days to appeal against the ruling.

Councillor Alison Bacon, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for environmental protection, said: “Tackling underage drinking is crucial, not just for the health and wellbeing of our young people - but for the communities where it often leads to crime and disorder.

“Trading standards and Merseyside Police will continue to conduct test purchases and take robust action against anyone selling alcohol to children.”

Trading standards and polie conduct regular underage booze stings. Anyone who suspects that a retailer is selling alcohol to under 18s should call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.