Kettering convenience store has licence revoked for selling alcohol to children

Kettering Borough Council offices (file picture)
Kettering Borough Council offices (file picture)

A shop in Kettering has had its licence revoked by councillors for persistently selling alcohol to children.

The decision, which concerns Paul’s Stop and Shop in Montagu Street, comes after three test purchases were made by under-18s between October and December 2013.

On each occasion the child was able to buy alcohol.

A review hearing had already been heard in January 2013 after a member of staff at the town-centre shop sold alcohol to somebody who was already drunk.

Kettering Borough Council’s licensing committee decided these were serious breaches of the licensing objectives, specifically protecting children from harm and preventing crime and disorder.

As a result, the committee chose to revoke the business’s licence.

Sgt Greg Harrison, from Northamptonshire Police’s alcohol reduction team, said: “We are pleased with the decision, which sends a message to the rest of the licensed trade that businesses not run properly, in accordance with the licensing objectives, will be challenged.

“The police and council will use all powers available to reduce public nuisance, crime and disorder associated with licensed premises.”