Shop fights to keep licence
POLICE have ordered a review of a shop's alcohol licence after a 17-year-old girl bought a bottle of cider from the off-licence.
The girl bought the £1.59 White Ace cider after being sent in to Heron Cross Stores, in Heron Cross, as part of a trading standards sting in May.
Fifteen stores were targeted in the operation, with three of the outlets selling alcohol to under-18s.
Now licence holder Thambiaiah Sathunanthan, of Baddeley Green, must appear before Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Licensing Sub-Committee to try to keep his licence.
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The Grove Road shop currently sells alcohol from 8am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 10.30pm on Sundays.
Sergeant David Wright, of Staffordshire Police, said: "The volunteer did not look 18.
"Serious consideration needs to be given to impose new conditions to tackle under-age drinking."
The committee will discuss the licence review at a meeting on September 24.