Pub to appeal ID sales punishment

PUBLISHED: 17:05 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:17 25 August 2010

A PUB owner is appealing against a council decision directing bar staff to ID customers who look under 25.

A PUB owner is appealing against a council decision directing bar staff to ID customers who look under 25.

Licensing conditions at the Portrait pub in Elm Parade, Main Road, Sidcup were tightened last month after staff were caught serving alcohol twice in 18 months to under 18s in council test purchases. But brewers Barracuda Group announced last Monday that they were to launch an appeal claiming the conditions are too severe. As well as a 'Challenge 25' scheme, the conditions include compulsory staff training every three months, an electronic refusals system and improved CCTV. A spokesperson for the group said: "It seems it has been accepted that this incident of an underage sale by an experienced and trained member of staff was an error of judgment on his behalf. As a company we do not believe the imposition of a Challenge 25 condition is the proportionate or appropriate response to this incident, nor is Challenge 25 an accepted norm within on-licensed premises. We will be pursuing an appeal against this part of the decision."

In the decision notice published on February 20, the committee concluded: "The imposition of the Challenge 25 policy will assist the Premises Licence Holder to avoid under age sales in the future.

"It will require staff to seek identification from a greater age range of persons than before. The Responsible Authorities and the Premises Licence Holder should be aware that they have the right to appeal the decision of the Sub-Committee, and that any such appeal must be made to the Bexley Magistrates Court within 21 days.

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