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Would-be councillor caught in licensing crack down

PUBLISHED: 12:09 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:47 25 August 2010

FIVE premises, including one owned by a prospective Tory councillor, have lost their licences after being caught selling alcohol to children. Jarnail Mick Singh, who is standing in the Belvedere ward elections, and his wife Pritpal had their licence fo

FIVE premises, including one owned by a prospective Tory councillor, have lost their licences after being caught selling alcohol to children.

Jarnail 'Mick' Singh, who is standing in the Belvedere ward elections, and his wife Pritpal had their licence for Newscentre, in Nuxley Road, suspended by Bexley council for three months as of last Monday.

Last Wednesday the council revealled it had torn up three more licences last week whilst the Erith Co-op had tougher condition imposed upon it.

Action was taken following a joint operation by the council and Bexley Police aimed at tackling under age sales.

Chief Inspector Steve Murrant said: "I am disappointed."

A licensing sub-committee heard how Mr Singh failed a police test-purchase last December by a 15-year-old boy.

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