Trouble-hit shop gets to keep alcohol licence

Singh's Stores on Bannister Drive in Leyland
Singh's Stores on Bannister Drive in Leyland
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A Leyland shop has managed to keep its booze licence after a lengthy council review.

Singh’s Stores in Bannister Drive was summoned before licensing chiefs at a meeting to determine its future last week.

At the licensing meeting, chaired by Coun John Rainsbury, South Ribble Council heard that police wanted a review of the premises’ licence.

Police said they had concerns over ‘the management of the premises and compliance with legislation.’

At a five-hour meeting councillors considered the shop’s licence and eventually came to a decision that it should remain.

Coun Rainsbury said: “The police put a case forward because of an incident in the shop, which was isolated and was dealt with by the shop.

“They were looking to revoke it because of some anti-social behaviour.

“We listened to both sides or the argument and allowed them to keep their licence.

“They will now work closely with the police and the housing association.

“It was a very useful meeting for all parties.”

A report that went before the committee said: “The premises came to the attention of the police following a report of a fight involving a member of staff and a customer.

“The police state that the circumstances surrounding this fight, and subsequent attempts to secure evidence, demonstrated an undermining of the prevention of crime and disorder objective.

“The police also state that they have concerns regarding the effective management and retail sale of alcohol to vulnerable persons in the community.”

In an application which went before the panel, police Sgt Anthony Bushell said: “The police have no confidence in the management of these premises.

“It is clear that despite agreeing conditions they have demonstrated that are unable to comply with them.”

No one at Singh’s Stores was available for comment.