Ipswich: Shop has its licence suspended for six weeks

A LICENSING committee has determined that an Ipswich shop should have its license suspended for six weeks and changes made to the conditions.

The licensing review for M.R.S in Woodbridge Road, was heard by the borough council’s Licensing Committee earlier this month.

The committee will suspend the licence of M.R.S, following an appeal period of 21 days, to allow new measures to be put in place.

The Designated Premises Supervisor will also be removed and will need to replaced during the suspension.

The suspension follows complaints of public disorder and anti-social behaviour made by the local community to Suffolk Police.

The new conditions are that the licence holder shall operate and maintain a refusals register in respect of declined sales of alcohol where the attempted purchaser was suspected of being under 18 or drunk.

The refusals register shall be kept on the premises and be made available immediately to police or local authority.

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Another condition also means new CCTV system which covers all areas, must be maintained in good working order, and all staff must be competent at downloading. Footage must be kept for 28 days and handed to police on demand. The store will not sell any high strength beer/cider/ lager with an ABV greater than 6.5 per cent.

Training must be given to all members of staff employed to BIIAB standards Responsible Alcohol Retailing within six weeks of appointment and training records are to be held at the premises and made available on demand.

Staff records with regard to licensing accreditations and training shall also be kept on premises and produced on demand.

Street Drinking Liaison Officer, PC John Alcock, from Suffolk Constabulary Licensing Department said: “These decisions are never taken lightly but we are committed to ensuring that the licensing objectives are promoted and that all licensed premises trade responsibly.

“Whenever we find evidence of alcohol related anti-social behaviour or disorder we will employ all of the powers available to us. I would like to thank Ipswich Borough Council’s Licensing Committee for their continued support.”

A council spokesman said: “Ipswich Borough Council shares the police’s concerns about this issue. We want to ensure that controls are in place to ensure premises are properly managed.”

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