Costcutter in Northampton loses its alcohol licence for six weeks after breaching trading regulations

Costcutter in Wellingborough Road
Costcutter in Wellingborough Road

A convenience store in Northampton town centre has been given a six-week ban from selling alcohol after it breached the terms of trading licence by selling a bottle of wine to a customer before 10am.

Northamptonshire Police requested that the licence of Costcutter at 123 Wellingborough Road, Northampton, be reviewed because of concerns about the way the premises was being run.

The council’s licensing sub-committee yesterday agreed to suspend the licence for six weeks after they heard that on May 28 this year, a licensing officer from Northampton Borough Council visited the shop at 9.15am and purchased a bottle of red Echo Falls wine.

The purchase, which was recorded as stationary and hardware, was in breach of the store’s alcohol premises licence which only allows it to sell alcohol between the hours of 10am and 11pm.

The report discussed at the meeting stated the man who sold the wine to the licensing officer told her: “I am not allowed to sell this at this time and you should hide it when you leave”.

Concerns were also expressed by Northamptonshire Police that CCTV footage from the store had not been handed over to police when requested.

The committee’s decision can be appealed against during the next 20 days.