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Plungington 24-hour off-licence to be reviewed after crime and disorder concerns

Posted on - 18th February, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Plungington, Preston Council, Preston News
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A 24-hour off licence is to have its licence reviewed after the police lodged a catalogue of concerns with Preston City Council.

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The Price Check off licence in Plungington Road was granted a 24-hour licence in May last year on the condition sales between midnight and 7am were made through a serving hatch.

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Now officers from Lancashire Policeā€™s licensing department have written to the council raising concerns about crime, anti-social behaviour and public safety.

In a letter to Preston City Councilā€™s Licensing Committee, Sgt Richard Horton highlighted a number of occasions when members of the public were inside the shop in the early hours.

On one occasion, men carrying samurai swords were able to run into the shop, carrying weapons, while they were being chased by a group of men in a car at 1am.

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Other occasions had seen customers buying single cans of lager and drinking them on the wall opposite the shop at 3am.

During a test purchase, a 16-year-old served was served four cans of lager with no ID check and inspections found staff training records were incomplete and CCTV displayed the incorrect time.

The off-licence started trading round the clock in July with the condition the licence would be reviewed if it was causing issues for the police and the local community.

Sgt Horton said: ā€œThe police are requesting that the committee make a decision as to whether the premise licence should be revoked due to this catalogue of failures by the premise licence holder to abide by the premise licence conditions leading to crime and disorder, public nuisance and risk of harm to young children.ā€

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has also issued an enforcement notice after concerns there as no adequate risk assessment and fire could spread quickly between the shop and the flats above.

The notice listed a number of steps needed to make the building safe and compliant with fire safety regulations.

The licence will be reviewed by Preston City Councilā€™s Licencing Committee on Wednesday February 27.

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