Shropshire

Shifnal pub temporarily shut after under-age alcohol sales

A Shropshire pub is to close for three weeks after being caught repeatedly selling alcohol to under-age people.

Seven Bar and Restaurant in Broadway, Shifnal, has been told to temporarily shut in November by Shropshire Council's licensing committee.

West Mercia Police said Trading Standards found that alcohol sales were made to 16 and 17-year-old volunteers from December 2011 to July.

The pub must now recruit door staff to ensure no-one under 18 is admitted.

It follows an application from West Mercia Police, supported by Shropshire Trading Standards officers, for a review of the premises' licence.

Off-licence tested

The eight-month operation was part of Operation Knight, an initiative by Shropshire Trading Standards and West Mercia Police where they test the willingness of pub staff to sell alcohol to under-18s.

A previous application to review the licence was withdrawn by the authorities after the Seven Bar operators made satisfactory changes.

Further conditions have now been added to the premises' licence, including employing external companies to test its Challenge 25 policy.

West Mercia Police said two pubs and an off-licence had recently been tested in the Bridgnorth area and all three had failed.

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