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Licence revoked over alcohol sale to Bedfordshire children

A shopkeeper warned 12 times about selling cigarettes and alcohol to children has had his licence withdrawn.

Central Bedfordshire's licensing sub-committee heard Adrees Latif, who runs a Premier Store in Caddington, had flouted warnings and advice.

He failed to ensure staff refused sales to children and to keep records of these refusals.

In test purchases involving 16-year-olds over the summer, staff were found to be repeatedly flouting the law.

'Illegal and immoral'

Staff sold cigarettes and strong alcohol to young people selected by Central Bedfordshire Council's staff to make test purchases.

Staff also claimed not to have had any training on selling products to underage youngsters.

Council officers interviewed Mr Latif and he acknowledged receiving the advisory visits from trading standards.

He claimed that after each of the sales he had spoken to all the staff reminding them not to sell to under-18s.

But Brian Spurr, from Central Bedfordshire Council, said: "This sort of behaviour is absolutely deplorable.

"As a local councillor and as a father and grandfather I feel very strongly that we must take a strong stance against people who seek to profit by selling harmful substances to children.

"Selling high strength alcohol to young people is not only illegal, it is immoral."

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