Shop stripped of alcohol licence

DM1502777a.JPG The Boulevard Newsagents off-licence, Crawley. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150519-144801008
DM1502777a.JPG The Boulevard Newsagents off-licence, Crawley. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150519-144801008
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Crawley Borough Council has suspended a town centre shop’s licence to sell alcohol following a police sting.

The Licensing Sub-Committee on Monday (May 18) suspended The Boulevard Newsagents’s licence for three months. It also removed the shop’s licence holder, Mrs Jothi Muthuraman.

The orders will come into effect on June 12 if no appeal is made by June 11.

The suspension was the longest the committee could impose.

Police caught staff at the off-licence selling alcohol to a child and a drunk man at 6pm on February 11.

It was one of a number of test purchases Sussex Police carried out in Crawley.

Licensing Sergeant Michael Balmer said in a statement to the council: “The premises sold alcohol to a child without any challenge being made regarding their age.

“Whilst the purchase was being observed by a plain clothes officer and after the children had left the store he saw a male who was drunk served by the same member of staff with a can of lager.

“The staff member has subsequently been reported for the two offences of selling alcohol to a child and selling alcohol to a person who is drunk.”

Police investigations had shown young people were buying and drinking alcohol and creating anti-social behaviour in town.

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