Gainsborough corner shop banned from selling booze after child is hospitalised

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A Gainsborough corner shop has been banned from selling alcohol after a child was taken to hospital after purchasing booze from the store.

Following the incident, two underage volunteers, both aged, 16, entered Strafford Street Corner Shop, Strafford Street and were also sold alcohol and cigarettes.

On Tuesday a hearing was held in front of the West Lindsey District Council Licensing Sub Committee.

After hearing all the evidence they agreed with the police the premises had been undermining all four of the licensing objectives by selling alcohol to children. The committee felt under the circumstances the most appropriate decision was to revoke the Premises Licence.

Sergeant Kim Enderby, from the Alcohol Licensing Department, said: “For quite some time we had been receiving intelligence about this shop selling cigarettes and alcohol to children. It appeared to be a regular occurrence.

“In July this year we received information that a child had been taken to hospital heavily intoxicated after purchasing alcohol from the store. Because of this we arranged the test purchase operation where two of our underage volunteers were able to purchase alcohol and cigarettes.

“The shop assistant who made the sale was also found to be an immigration offender, awaiting deportation and barred from any kind of employment.

“Repeated attempts have been made by both the police and other agencies to educate the premises to prevent them selling in this way.

“This decision to revoke the licence sends a clear deterrent message to all stores, the message is very simple - do not sell to children. We do everything we can to promote and encourage lawful and responsible selling of alcohol. Those premises that fail or refuse to do this will have action taken against them.”

There is a 21 day appeal process; if no appeal is submitted then the revocation comes into action.