Tough message sent as shop’s alcohol bid rejected

Plans for an off-licence in Clapham have been rejected by Lambeth Council after the committee heard how the owner had a history of selling restricted goods to children.

Lambeth Trading Standards officers had objected to an application to sell alcohol from the owner of Treohans, a grocer’s in Abbeville Road, Clapham, because of a number of incidences where fireworks and knives had been sold to young people at the hardware shop he owned next door.

Bernard Conmy, from Lambeth Trading Standards, told the licensing committee last night how his team had tested the shop six times in the past four years by sending in underage volunteers to try to buy restricted items. On four of the six occasions, staff at the shop had sold knives or fireworks to the volunteers. On the most recent occasion in November, a fifteen year old boy had been sold fireworks by the owner himself.

Despite the owner saying he would install CCTV, adopt a proof of age policy and signage to stop any under age alcohol sales, the licensing committee rejected the application.

Councillor Sally Prentice, Cabinet Member for Environment on Lambeth Council, welcomed the outcome of the hearing. She said: “Underage sales of restricted goods do real harm to our young people and there is simply no excuse for a 15-year-old to be sold a knife or firework.

“We are determined to do all we can to stop underage sales and make sure that traders in Lambeth act responsibly. Our Trading Standards team are on the front line in protecting young people from harm.”

Members of the public can help by reporting shops who they believe are selling restricted goods to children. Call Lambeth Trading Standards on 020 7926 6102 or email tradingstandards@lambeth.gov.uk.  



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