Darwen shop loses licence after selling alcohol to children
Lynwood Wines on Blackburn Road, Darwen, had its licence suspended by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council after failing two police test purchase operations, during which two teenage girls were able to buy alcohol.
The owner of the shop appealed and following a further hearing on Wednesday 11 July, Hyndburn Magistrates upheld the decision of the council’s licensing committee.
The shop must also adhere to a number of additional conditions – such as using the challenge 25 scheme and ensuring all members of staff attend a responsible retailing course – to help prevent any further under sales.
The action came after concerns were raised from members of the public about alcohol fuelled anti social behaviour in the area. Police and members of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s Trading Standards department gathered evidence of alcohol being served to children as young as 14.
Community Beat Manager for Blackburn town centre PC Steve Finley said: “We have tried to work with the shop to resolve the situation but the owner has repeatedly failed to comply with the conditions of the licence.
“It is extremely disappointing it has got to this stage – we have a fantastic relationship with licensees and shop owners in the town and will always do everything we can to avoid having to take such action.
“I hope the ruling sends out a clear message that the police and council are committed to reducing underage drinking to make Blackburn a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and socialise.”
Councillor Yusuf Jan-Virmani, Executive Member for Neighborhoods, Housing and Customer Services, added: “I’m pleased with the ruling and this does send out a strong message to anyone thinking of selling alcohol to under age children that we will clamp down on you and you will face sanctions.”