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Shop shut for selling alcohol to children

An off-licence in North Yorkshire is to be temporarily closed down by trading standards officers for 'persistently' selling alcohol to children.

A two-day closure on the Wine Box in Stokesley was imposed by North Yorkshire County Council after it was found that alcohol was sold illegally twice in a two month period.

Recent changes to the Licensing Act mean trading standards officers and police now have the power to stop the sale of alcohol for up 14 days.

The licence holder at Wine Box, Claire Foster, has accepted the notice as an alternative to being prosecuted.

The closure notice is designed to be a quick and effective response in the circumstances where licensed premises have persistently sold alcohol to underage children.

Measures to stop children obtaining alcohol are crucial to prevent addiction from a young age with all the consequent health, social and emotional issues.

Our trading standards officers have now worked with this licensee to put measures in place to stop any further underage sales from these premises.

Although a closure notice may seem draconian, the alternative is prosecution, thereby risking a fine of up to £20,000.

– Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for Trading Standards