Shops facing booze ban after selling alcohol to teenagers

Shops facing booze ban after selling alcohol to teenagers

Shops facing booze ban after selling alcohol to teenagers

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

THREE Southampton shops could be banned from selling booze – after being caught out selling alcohol to teenagers.

Police have brought cases against three convenience stores, which will all face licensing reviews this week.

Zain Ali, premises licence holder at Shop Local in Shirley Road, will face licensing chiefs for the second time in just over a year.

A number of conditions were imposed on the shop last year after staff sold alcohol to youngsters under the age of 18 on two occasions, but the licence could be taken away altogether after booze was sold to a 17-year-old in June. Police say conditions imposed on the shop – formerly Bargain Booze and Premier Quick Shop – such as having a functioning CCTV system, a refusals log and extra training, have not been adhered to.

In a report, the police say: “It is extremely disappointing and disturbing that, a year after a review hearing, standards have fallen to a point where underage sales of alcohol are being made and conditions implemented to prevent this crime occurring are not being maintained.”

Mr Ali said designated premises supervisor Daxeshkumar Patel now runs the shop, not him, saying: “The review last year was when I was running the shop, but it’s a totally different case now. Other people are running the shop and are responsible for what they do.”

Olubukunola Bankole could also lose his licence at Best One Convenience Store, also in Shirley Road, after a bottle of Lambrini was sold to a 15-year-old girl in June.

Officers also say Mr Bankole has “disregarded” steps he put forward to become licence holder last year, such as not having a functioning CCTV system, no staff training and that alcohol was visible from outside the shop.

Mr Bankole said he had not been notified about Thursday’s hearing, but added that he feels he has been “targeted”.

He said: “There was an error of judgement from one of my members of staff who sold the alcohol to the lady because he thought she was over 18, but we have already been fined for that and we are being punished for it again.”

He will face licensing chiefs at a hearing on Thursday, alongside Kanaththge Perera, licence holder at the Family Food Store in Warren Avenue.

His store is in the dock after a number of issues with the shop’s CCTV system and after a 15- year-old girl bought a bottle of WKD there in June as part of a test purchase operation.

In their report, officers also say he has not stuck to strict conditions imposed on the sale of alcohol at the shop to reduce drink-related antisocial behaviour in nearby St James Park and Shirley High Street.

Mr Perera said: “It’s the first time I’ve had a problem like this.

“I would normally ID all customers but the girl looked like she was 25 or older, not 15, so that’s why I didn’t ID her.”

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11:07am Tue 19 Aug 14

Welcome to the pleasure dome says...

Aren't 18 and 19 year olds 'teenagers'? Come on!!!
Aren't 18 and 19 year olds 'teenagers'? Come on!!! Welcome to the pleasure dome
  • Score: 4

11:31am Tue 19 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

"She looked 25 so I didn't ask her for ID"

Not a valid defence for the teacher who slept with a pupil, not a valid defence for you!
"She looked 25 so I didn't ask her for ID" Not a valid defence for the teacher who slept with a pupil, not a valid defence for you! camerajuan
  • Score: 18

11:52am Tue 19 Aug 14

sparkster says...

I worked in a shop until recently, I ALWAYS asked for ID if i wasnt sure and also cigarettes, no ID no sale, some got stroppy but I didnt care, I thought too much of my employers for them to get fined, also you never know if Trading Standards sent them in to see if we sold to underage kids
I worked in a shop until recently, I ALWAYS asked for ID if i wasnt sure and also cigarettes, no ID no sale, some got stroppy but I didnt care, I thought too much of my employers for them to get fined, also you never know if Trading Standards sent them in to see if we sold to underage kids sparkster
  • Score: 21

12:05pm Tue 19 Aug 14

sophisticated says...

Excuses, excuses. It will happen again and again.
Excuses, excuses. It will happen again and again. sophisticated
  • Score: 19

12:37pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Rather than listening to flossy excuses for having broken the laws, or accepting sob stories like some body else is now in charge, the licensing authority should act on report of police, that law has been broken, and immediately ban these businesses from selling booz and cigarets.
Rather than listening to flossy excuses for having broken the laws, or accepting sob stories like some body else is now in charge, the licensing authority should act on report of police, that law has been broken, and immediately ban these businesses from selling booz and cigarets. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 20

12:46pm Tue 19 Aug 14

S!monOn says...

Welcome to the pleasure dome wrote:
Aren't 18 and 19 year olds 'teenagers'? Come on!!!
I think you know what the report is really about.... your comment is a bit like those picking out the spelling mistakes.
[quote][p][bold]Welcome to the pleasure dome[/bold] wrote: Aren't 18 and 19 year olds 'teenagers'? Come on!!![/p][/quote]I think you know what the report is really about.... your comment is a bit like those picking out the spelling mistakes. S!monOn
  • Score: 8

12:51pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Millie0505 says...

Just make everyone use 1 simple form of photo ID for age restricted sales, regardless of whether they look 15 or 105, not anything extravagant, just a pic and DOB, problem solved, no infringement on anybody's human rights, no lame excuses.
Just make everyone use 1 simple form of photo ID for age restricted sales, regardless of whether they look 15 or 105, not anything extravagant, just a pic and DOB, problem solved, no infringement on anybody's human rights, no lame excuses. Millie0505
  • Score: 4

3:44pm Tue 19 Aug 14

KayleighJade says...

This is my least favourite part of working in retail. You get some slappers these days who are 16-17 and plaster so much makeup on and wear clothes that suggest they are a lot older than they are, but it's us workers who have to pay the price when something goes wrong. Eventhough they "look" old enough.
This is my least favourite part of working in retail. You get some slappers these days who are 16-17 and plaster so much makeup on and wear clothes that suggest they are a lot older than they are, but it's us workers who have to pay the price when something goes wrong. Eventhough they "look" old enough. KayleighJade
  • Score: 8

4:21pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

I assume these are all "stings" and not real sales because a savvy 16 year old gets an 18 year old to buy it. Just like all the goody-goodies who have, and will, post here did when we were 16.
I assume these are all "stings" and not real sales because a savvy 16 year old gets an 18 year old to buy it. Just like all the goody-goodies who have, and will, post here did when we were 16. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 0

10:43am Wed 20 Aug 14

ryan_gazzan@hotmail.com says...

Can't understand why these shops and supermarkets don't automatically lose their licence for a set period which could be made much longer for the second prosecution.
Can't understand why these shops and supermarkets don't automatically lose their licence for a set period which could be made much longer for the second prosecution. ryan_gazzan@hotmail.com
  • Score: 1

10:45am Wed 20 Aug 14

ryan_gazzan@hotmail.com says...

Can remember we used to drink at around 17 - 18 in local Holbury pub without getting **** out of our brains. I drank Barley Wine which was very strong so a couple of bottles lasted hours !!
Can remember we used to drink at around 17 - 18 in local Holbury pub without getting **** out of our brains. I drank Barley Wine which was very strong so a couple of bottles lasted hours !! ryan_gazzan@hotmail.com
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Wed 20 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
I assume these are all "stings" and not real sales because a savvy 16 year old gets an 18 year old to buy it. Just like all the goody-goodies who have, and will, post here did when we were 16.
Nope, there was always one shop in most town centres that sold to anyone. The one my school mates used is still open today. Not bad for an illegal business!
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: I assume these are all "stings" and not real sales because a savvy 16 year old gets an 18 year old to buy it. Just like all the goody-goodies who have, and will, post here did when we were 16.[/p][/quote]Nope, there was always one shop in most town centres that sold to anyone. The one my school mates used is still open today. Not bad for an illegal business! camerajuan
  • Score: 0

2:07pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

camerajuan wrote:
Lord Palmerstone wrote:
I assume these are all "stings" and not real sales because a savvy 16 year old gets an 18 year old to buy it. Just like all the goody-goodies who have, and will, post here did when we were 16.
Nope, there was always one shop in most town centres that sold to anyone. The one my school mates used is still open today. Not bad for an illegal business!
Village folk have to use a different approach. Anyway I'm guessing the one that sold to you was a little store. I'd guess youngsters prefer their older siblings to get bogoffs for them from the big discounters. That's the future closed john.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: I assume these are all "stings" and not real sales because a savvy 16 year old gets an 18 year old to buy it. Just like all the goody-goodies who have, and will, post here did when we were 16.[/p][/quote]Nope, there was always one shop in most town centres that sold to anyone. The one my school mates used is still open today. Not bad for an illegal business![/p][/quote]Village folk have to use a different approach. Anyway I'm guessing the one that sold to you was a little store. I'd guess youngsters prefer their older siblings to get bogoffs for them from the big discounters. That's the future closed john. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 0
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