Shop faces sanction over alleged sale of alcohol to minor

A Liverpool 8 convenience store could be hit with sanctions amid an investigation over its obligation to prevent crime and disorder.

The city council’s trading standards team has instigated a probe into Dingle Wines on Dingle Lane after concerns were raised about how children are protected from harm and how the business complies with its responsibilities. Complaints have been lodged about an alleged sale of alcohol to an underage person from the shop.

As a result, a Liverpool Council sub-committee will consider the business’ suitability to hold a premises licence.

Currently, the shop in Liverpool 8 is permitted to sell alcohol from 8am to 11pm Monday to Saturday, 10am to 10.3pm on Sundays. Special terms were also granted to sell alcohol between midday and 3pm and 7pm to 10.30pm on Christmas Day, as well as 8am to 10.30pm on Good Friday.

No opening hours have been listed for the business according to the documents made public by Liverpool Council. The review has been instigated regarding “the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder and the protection of children from harm.”

Public documents listed Suliman Mohammed Bortatazaidani as the premises licence holder with Ahmed Atta named as the designated premises supervisor. The report added: “It has not been possible to contact either the premises licence holder or Designated Premises Supervisor in relation to this review application.”

In deciding on the future of the shop’s licence, the sub-committee could modify the conditions permanently or for a temporary period of up to three months; exclude a licensable activity from the scope of the licence; remove the Designated Premises Supervisor; suspend or revoke the licence entirely.

One public objection has been made concerning the shop retaining its premises licence. The case will be considered by Liverpool Council’s licensing and gambling sub-committee at Liverpool Town Hall on Tuesday 21 November.

The committee’s determination will not take effect until the end of the period for appealing against the decision – 21 days from receipt of written notice of determination – or if the decision is appealed, until the appeal is disposed of.

The LDRS attempted to contact Dingle Wines for comment.

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