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Darwen off-licence faces licence review

AN off-licence in Darwen could lose its licence to sell alcohol after failing two consecutive underage test purchases.

The licence holder of Lynwood Wines, Blackburn Road, Muhammad Shuaib Iqbal, could have his premises licence suspended for three months.

Police twice sent two girls aged 14 and 15 into the store, and both times they were able to purchase a bottle of wine.

In six test purchases since 2010, the store has failed four.

The first test purchase operation was on December 22 last year, when police officers along with Trading Standards sent in the two girls.

Without question, they were able to buy a £6.99 bottle of win from the shop.

On February 3, they visited again. The man serving asked the girls for ID, and when they said they didn’t have it he told them to make sure they brought it next time and sold them a £5.99 bottle of wine.

On both occasions, the seller, two different men who were not the shop owner, were taken to Blackburn Police Station and warned about their actions.

They were both sent on Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing courses.

Earcroft councillor Anthony Meleady, who also owns a pub in Darwen, said: “I am very happy to see the selling of alcohol to underage children being clamped down on.

“Unfortunately it is the plight of our trade.

“The more the police can do on this the better.”

Earcroft town councillor Stephen Potter said: “When the previous owner had it it wasn’t a problem. But the staff now haven’t a clue.

“I hope they do lose their licence as it is damaging the community.”

Mr Iqbal was unavailable for comment.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s licensing committee will consider suspending the licence at a meeting on Tuesday.

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10:55pm Fri 20 Apr 12

halfhearted says...

What is this all about. On two seperate occasions those responsible were only warned,they should have been reported for the offence and made to appear before the Court. Now that would have sent out the right message.
What is this all about. On two seperate occasions those responsible were only warned,they should have been reported for the offence and made to appear before the Court. Now that would have sent out the right message. halfhearted
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12:26pm Sat 21 Apr 12

Mothernature says...

Hmm, maybe they should be looking at a couple of the off-licences around Sudell/Highfield area. Kids regularly sold to and some folks buying at 6am. No wonder this country has an alcohol problem.
Hmm, maybe they should be looking at a couple of the off-licences around Sudell/Highfield area. Kids regularly sold to and some folks buying at 6am. No wonder this country has an alcohol problem. Mothernature
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5:38pm Sat 21 Apr 12

CapitaBackHander says...

Is this the off licence that supplys the booze to the youths (after they have finished parents supply) that hang around bus shelter and side street near crown? If so he should have been shut down ages ago!
Is this the off licence that supplys the booze to the youths (after they have finished parents supply) that hang around bus shelter and side street near crown? If so he should have been shut down ages ago! CapitaBackHander
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9:23am Sun 22 Apr 12

louderfasterlonger says...

Just the other day I was talking to my local general store owner in Darwen and asked why he didn't apply for a license as his premises was in a prime location.

His answer.... he doesn't want the hassle from kids.
Just the other day I was talking to my local general store owner in Darwen and asked why he didn't apply for a license as his premises was in a prime location. His answer.... he doesn't want the hassle from kids. louderfasterlonger
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9:25am Sun 22 Apr 12

Hovis1945 says...

Hope the licence is taken away it will help rid the back streets of smashed quarter bottles of vodka which are everywhere.
Hope the licence is taken away it will help rid the back streets of smashed quarter bottles of vodka which are everywhere. Hovis1945
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9:37am Sun 22 Apr 12

Izanears says...

If it ain't taxis and takeaways ignoring the law, it is off-licences. They should be not be allowed to constantly get away with it. The authorities are much too soft with them. Two strikes and you lose your licence should be the rule.
If it ain't taxis and takeaways ignoring the law, it is off-licences. They should be not be allowed to constantly get away with it. The authorities are much too soft with them. Two strikes and you lose your licence should be the rule. Izanears
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8:45am Wed 25 Apr 12

jimjoiner says...

sick & tired of seeing drunk kids on the streets around lynwood/greenway areas ,why do we need off licences on every street corner. Pubs & supermarkets should be the only place to buy alchol - where the licencees are more stringent & are in fear of losing their licence
sick & tired of seeing drunk kids on the streets around lynwood/greenway areas ,why do we need off licences on every street corner. Pubs & supermarkets should be the only place to buy alchol - where the licencees are more stringent & are in fear of losing their licence jimjoiner
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11:29am Wed 25 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

jimjoiner wrote:
sick & tired of seeing drunk kids on the streets around lynwood/greenway areas ,why do we need off licences on every street corner. Pubs & supermarkets should be the only place to buy alchol - where the licencees are more stringent & are in fear of losing their licence
I agree, and have been arguing that for years.
[quote][p][bold]jimjoiner[/bold] wrote: sick & tired of seeing drunk kids on the streets around lynwood/greenway areas ,why do we need off licences on every street corner. Pubs & supermarkets should be the only place to buy alchol - where the licencees are more stringent & are in fear of losing their licence[/p][/quote]I agree, and have been arguing that for years. happycyclist
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2:42pm Wed 25 Apr 12

Twicki1 says...

one thing the mandatory ID card would have stopped as if you had to scan the id to buy alchol or cigarettes then it wouldn't be possible then anyone caught breaking the law could have there license revoked.
one thing the mandatory ID card would have stopped as if you had to scan the id to buy alchol or cigarettes then it wouldn't be possible then anyone caught breaking the law could have there license revoked. Twicki1
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9:03pm Thu 26 Apr 12

trevhd says...

Asians don't care who they sell booze and cigarettes to they only care about the profit should lose his licence .
Asians don't care who they sell booze and cigarettes to they only care about the profit should lose his licence . trevhd
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5:29pm Fri 27 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

And the verdict?

A four-week ban. And he's got 21 days to appeal.

What's the point?
And the verdict? A four-week ban. And he's got 21 days to appeal. What's the point? happycyclist
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