Booze ban threat facing Potters Bar off-licence

PUBLISHED: 15:39 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009

Licence holders Sivagurunathan Vijayakumer, left, and Richard Wickramakumar

Licence holders Sivagurunathan Vijayakumer, left, and Richard Wickramakumar

AN OFF-LICENCE could be banned from selling booze despite support from both neighbours and customers. Police have called for bosses at Potters Bar Cards and Wine to have their licence revoked after fears children are able to buy alcohol unchallenged. It

AN OFF-LICENCE could be banned from selling booze despite support from both neighbours and customers.

Police have called for bosses at Potters Bar Cards and Wine to have their licence revoked after fears children are able to buy alcohol unchallenged.

It is one of two shops being reviewed tomorrow by Hertsmere borough councillors at the licensing sub-committee.

Police and trading standards have submitted evidence that, between June 2006 and May 2008, youngsters carrying out test purchases were able to buy drink five times.

One even saw a 15-year-old girl sold vodka without ID being sought.

The Darkes Lane shop has gained support from neighbours with many writing to the committee and over 50 signing a petition.

They are concerned if the shop is unable to sell alcohol it could close all together.

One said: "As a regular user of the shop, I can testify to the fact that children have attempted to buy alcohol.

"However, on such occasions I have witnessed the person serving them asking for identities and refusing to sell them when IDs have not been forthcoming."

Another said: "I use this shop on a daily basis and have witnessed customers whom the proprietors feel are underage being refused both alcohol and cigarettes.

"This seems a very responsibly run shop and it must be very difficult gauging people's accuracy with complete accuracy."

Councillors could revoke the licence or suspend it for three months at the meeting at 10am tomorrow (Thursday).

It takes place at the civic offices in Borehamwood and is open to the public.

n Police are also calling for Eastfield Self-Service in the Eastfield Parade, Wayside, to have its licence suspended for three months.

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