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Store loses booze licence

PUBLISHED: 18:27 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:51 25 August 2010

SUPERMARKET bosses have dropped their appeal against a six-week alcohol licence ban after they sold alcohol to children.

SUPERMARKET bosses have dropped their appeal against a six-week alcohol licence ban after they sold alcohol to children.

Sainsbury's in Blackfen Road, Sidcup, had its licence withdrawn after evidence shown at a council meeting in January proved staff had continually failed test purchases and had sold alcohol to children on four separate occasions.

Store bosses had contested the decision and were due to attend a hearing on May 11 but backtracked on May 6 and withdrew their appeal so the original decision stands and the store cannot sell alcohol for six weeks.

Mike Slaughter, Chairman of Bexley's Licensing Committee, said: "I'm pleased Sainsbury's has decided not to appeal the decision.

"The council is well aware that it has a duty to make proportionate and reasonable decisions. The fact that Sainsbury's has withdrawn its appeal demonstrates that the original decision was fair and balanced."

Chief inspector Steve Murrant of Bexley police said: "It was apparent from the evidence that children were able to buy alcohol at the store and no retailer, no matter how large, should be exempt from the consequences of such actions.

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