Alcohol sale to underage teenager puts Burslem store in dock
POLICE are calling for a store's licence to be reviewed after a sales assistant sold alcohol to an underage teenager in a sting operation.
The 17-year-old undercover volunteer was sent into Dartmouth Food and Wine in Burslem and managed to buy a bottle of Jacob's Creek wine without being asked for ID.
The test purchase was carried out in the wake of several complaints about youths hanging around outside the off-licence and trying to get other people to buy alcohol for them.
In one case, a member of the public also alleged they had seen staff selling bottles of Lambrini and cans of Stella Artois lager to someone who looked under-age.
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Now Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been asked to consider placing tougher conditions on the premises' licence.
The licensing sub-committee will meet on Monday to consider the case.
Staffordshire Police's concerns are highlighted in a report drawn up for the hearing by Sergeant Dave Wright.
He said the test purchase was carried out on May 18 this year.
It led to the sales assistant being issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice.
Sergeant Wright added: "The person who made the sale stated that he had not received any training from the premises and had only been trained at a previous place of work some three years previously."
It also emerged the Dartmouth Street business had not been an active member of the city's nightlife partnership scheme, despite this being a condition of its licence.
The police want CCTV installed at the store, the business to adopt the Challenge 25 scheme to tackle under-age alcohol sales, and up-to-date records kept of staff training and refusal of sales. Kirisnapillai Thavakumar, who runs Dartmouth Food and Wine, told The Sentinel he would put his case at Monday's meeting.
He added: "We will also be having a chat with the police and are hoping to sort things out."