Off-licence ‘persistently sold alcohol to youngsters’

Concerns: Police have called for a licence review of Nisa Local in Ribbleton
Concerns: Police have called for a licence review of Nisa Local in Ribbleton
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A shop accused of ‘persistently’ selling alcohol to underage children will be hauled before a licensing committee next week.

Police have called for Nisa Extra in Miller Road, Ribbleton, Preston, to have its licence reviewed.

It comes after they raised concerns over ‘poor management’ and that the crime and disorder objectives of the licence were not being met.

Between April and October last year, police said they dealt with 20 different incidents at the shop.

Bosses from the store will attend a hearing at Preston Council’s licensing committee next week.

A council report, due to go before the meeting, outlines a number of incidents involving thefts inside and outside the shop.

It also claims that young people were able to buy alcohol without being challenged or asked for ID by staff.

In October, the shop was served with a closure notice for selling alcohol to children which was in place for a number of days.

The report gives details of an incident in October when police, fire and licensing chiefs attended.

It says: “On attending, there were no staff at the premise with a personal licence and no authority had been left at the premises for the sale of alcohol.

“No staff were able to operate the CCTV system or find training records. Staff at the premises appeared scruffy in appearance and indifferent. While at the premises, police had to intervene when a young female attempted to purchase alcohol in company with a teenage boy and staff advised about proxy sales.

“No ID was checked for either of the couple by the same staff member that had failed the test purchase three weeks earlier.”

Nobody from the shop was available for comment yesterday.

The licensing meeting will take place at Preston Town Hall on January 28 from 10am.