Teenagers sold alcohol on two trips to Londis store

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Police say a shop which sold alcohol to children twice in a three-month period should be stripped of its licence.

Londis, in King Edward Road, Abington, Northampton, was targeted on test purchase operations in August and October last year, and on both occasions, alcohol was sold to two 16 year olds.

Police have called for the shop’s licence to be revoked on the grounds of protecting children from harm.

Pc Dave Bryan, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “There have been two underage sales within a three-month period and, as such, the more serious offence of persistently selling alcohol to children has been committed by the premises licence holder.

“Northamptonshire Police is aware that links between anti-social behaviour and disorder, and underage sales of alcohol, are well documented. Ensuring alcohol is sold and consumed responsibly is a priority.”

The premises review will be heard at a meeting of Northampton Borough Council’s licensing committee today.

On August 7 last year, police carried out a test purchase operation at the premises with two 16 year olds, and alcohol was sold to them. A penalty notice was issued, and paid.

On October 25, 2013, another test purchase operation was carried out, again with two 16 year olds. They were sold alcohol and they were fined again. Police siad the fine had not been paid and had been reported to the courts.