‘Problem’ shop allowed to keep licence after overhaul

Shop: The Nisa Local in Miller Road, Ribbleton, Preston
Shop: The Nisa Local in Miller Road, Ribbleton, Preston
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A shop that had “persistently sold alcohol to children” has been given a reprieve by licencing bosses.

Police called for Nisa Extra in Miller Road, Ribbleton, Preston, to have its licence reviewed after several failed test purchases and repeated anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and theft.

Sgt John Lovick, of Lancashire Constbulary’s licensing department, said there were concerns over the protection of children and prevention of crime.

Outlining a series of call-outs to the shop, he told Preston Council’s planning committee that often there had been no staff in the shop with personal licenses for selling alcohol, who could work the CCTV system, and many times there wasn’t a security guard on the door after six, in accordance with the licence terms.

In October, the shop was served with a two-day closure notice for selling alcohol.

Solicitor David Edwards, representing licence holder Shahid Akhtar, said: “This is a notorious area for anti-social behaviour, but it’s been something of an adrenaline shot for my client to be called in here.”

He said that all staff were now trained to operate a Think 25 policy on alcohol, security guards were employed each night, CCTV was working, and there had been no reports of problems to police for two months.

He added: “The message has come through loud and clear.”

Sgt Lovick confirmed the shop had passed three recent undercover test purchasing visits and was “happy infrastructure was in place to trade safely”.

Councillor Mark Yates, said: “We’re minded not to take any further steps at this time, but we are concerned that it took a formal review for you to take stock of the problem.”