Elm Park off-licence under review for selling alcohol to under 18s and links to anti-social behaviour

PUBLISHED: 19:55 28 February 2017

Sparking Food and Wine, St Nicholas Avenue, Elm Park. Picture: Google Maps

Sparking Food and Wine, St Nicholas Avenue, Elm Park. Picture: Google Maps

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An off-licence has been accused of “totally disregarding its responsibilities” as licensee by selling alcohol to those underage.

The premises licence of Sparkling Food and Wine, St Nicholas Avenue, Elm Park, is under review after police discovered alcohol was being sold to under 18s and incidents of anti-social behaviour were associated with the premises.

In the report to Havering Council, Pc Belinda Goodwin said: “This venue continues to be a hub for the young within the town and we now have evidence that proves that they have sold to a person under the age of 18 years.

“There is no due diligence from the staff or the DPS (designated premises supervisor) and they are totally disregarding their responsibilities as licensees.”

Police issued a police penalty notice to Sparkling Food and Wine earlier this year after an employee admitted selling alcohol to someone underage and did not ask for any form of ID - they said they believed the customer looked over 18.

Since 2012, police have been called to several incidents linked to the shop including “rowdy” youths loitering outside, gathering in the car park outside who seemed to be taking drugs that they were getting from the premises.

Pc Goodwin said: “I would ask the licensing subcommittee to revoke their alcohol licence as we believe that whilst the premises is being operated in this way there is further risk to the children who may frequent the venue.

“It is also clear that they do not adhere to the condition not allowing customers to loiter outside the premise as this is a constant problem that residents continue to complain about.”

Sparkling Food and Wine’s premises licence will be discussed at the licensing sub-committee meeting on Monday.

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