Preston off-licence accused of selling booze to children

Nisa Local, Miller Road, Ribbleton

Nisa Local, Miller Road, Ribbleton

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A SHOP accused of selling alcohol to underage children is to be hauled before licensing bosses by police.

Nisa Extra in Miller Road, Ribbleton, Preston, is set to have its licence reviewed, 12 months after the shop was previously taken to task.

And the shop’s manager said he was “disappointed” that the under age sales had happened again.

The store was pulled before licensing chiefs in January last year, but was given a reprieve.

Now another application has been submitted to Preston Council requesting a review of the premises license, and setting out the grounds.

It said the shop had failed two recent test purchases and sold alcohol to youngsters.

It said: “Lancashire Constabulary believe the premises is continually failing to promote the licensing objective relating to protection of children as the premises has recently failed two test purchases, where alcohol has been sold to persons under 18.

“These recent failures follow a number of previous failures at the premises which have resulted in police intervention, prosecution, closure of the premises and review proceedings.”

In January last year, the same shop was hauled before Preston Council’s licensing committee following accusations of “persistently” selling alcohol to children.

Police had called for a review after several failed test purchases.

Manager Zedy Akhtar said: “I am very disappointed that this has happened, that the under age sale has gone through, and we are working very hard to put this right and make sure it does not happen again.”

He said it had happened before, and at that time different people were working at the store.