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Shop continued to sell kids booze despite ban

PUBLISHED: 10:17 26 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:24 25 August 2010

A SHOP owner has been ordered to stop selling alcohol a year after his licence was first revoked.

A SHOP owner has been ordered to stop selling alcohol a year after his licence was first revoked.

Bromley Magistrates supported Greenwich council's decision to ban Joseph Kantsa from selling alcohol from his Woolwich Road shop in Charlton, last Tuesday.

On March 25 last year the council revoked Mr Kantsa's licence for selling alcohol to youths, but he continued selling alcohol for a year by postponing appeal hearings.

Undercover Volunteer Police Cadets that posed as customers for council sting operations were sold alcohol illegally three times in that year.

Maureen O'Mara, councillor for Neighbourhood Services, said: "The council frequently remind licensees of the penalties that they will face if they fail to uphold the rules.

"It's always very disappointing when we find stores to be breaking the rules."

Mr Kantsa also lost an appeal against a council decision to revoke his licence for Kantsa Food and Wine, in Plumstead Common Road, on March 11.

The businessman was ordered to pay £4,000 costs to Greenwich council for both appeals.

To report alcohol sales to underage youths, call 020 8921 8223.


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