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To consider an application for a review of a premises licence in respect of Oval Wines and Spirits, 14 The Oval, Hereford. HR2 7HG called by West Mercia Police as a responsible authority.
Members of the licensing sub-committee from the council’s planning and regulatory committee considered the above application, full details of which appeared before the Members in their agenda, the background papers and the supplement published on 1 September 2020.
The technical licensing officer presented the report.
The sub-committee heard from West Mercia Police who highlighted:
· A crime had been committed using a fraudulent card which had been captured on CCTV and the CCTV had been viewed by West Mercia Police.
· There had been no attempt to ask for identification from the individual and the person in question was of an age approaching 18 but at the time was not yet 18. This engaged the licensing objective of protecting children from harm.
· West Mercia Police had attended the premises with the licensing authority to launch the review. When at the premises, it was noted that there was one Challenge 25 poster visible and there needed to be more posters visible particularly at the entrance to the premises.
· West Mercia Police had been contacted by the agent for the premises licence holder and visited the premises again on 29 July 2020. There was now evidence of a refusals register and the police were satisfied that appropriate training had taken place.
· There had been one incident of the sale of alcohol to an underage person and given the measures which had now been put in place, the police felt that the issues raised by the review had now been addressed.
The sub-committee heard from Trading Standards who highlighted:
· That they had been aware of the review and based on the evidence provided by the police had supported the review.
· There had been 2 allegations in October 2019 and on 2 December 2019 in relation to the sale of alcohol and tobacco to an underage person. These allegations had promoted an advisory visit by trading standards on 4 December
· Trading standards were disappointed to see that there had been a confirmed sale of alcohol to an underage person.
· Trading standards understood that measures had now been taken to resolve the issues raised by the review and were now satisfied that the licensing objectives were being met.
The sub-committee then heard from the agents acting on behalf of the premises licence holder who highlighted the following:
· This incident related to alcohol sold to a person under the age of 18 who had presented a stolen card.
· It was a mandatory condition on the licence that operators must age verify for alcohol sales. It was stated that the person did not look under 18 and the operator had reason to believe that he was over 18 as they had previously supplied a passport showing a date of birth in 2001. The premises had checked the ID so often that they felt that they did not need to as they knew who he was. Operator had been defrauded and this made them a victim of fraud.
· Section 147 of the Licensing Act 2003 was referenced about knowingly selling ... view the full minutes text for item 84.