Crackdown on sale of alcohol in Dunmow

PUBLISHED: 15:05 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 07:09 30 May 2010

The One Stop convenience store in Dunmow High Street

The One Stop convenience store in Dunmow High Street

STAFF at a Dunmow convenience store are to be re-educated after selling alcohol to underage children. During a recent crackdown, workers at One Stop were caught selling alcohol to people under the age of 18. The store is to have its license reviewed at

STAFF at a Dunmow convenience store are to be 're-educated' after selling alcohol to underage children.

During a recent crackdown, workers at One Stop were caught selling alcohol to people under the age of 18. The store is to have its license reviewed at a hearing next week.

As a result, offending licensees from the High Street store will be going back into the classroom for a one-day course, organised by Uttlesford's Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, to learn how to sell alcohol responsibly.

Uttlesford District Council's community safety officer, Yasser Alromisse, said: "This course illustrates how serious we are about tackling crime, disorder and the associated causes.

"We are dedicated to ensuring our district is peaceful and safe, and are always seeking new and radical approaches to make our district even safer."

Those who complete the course, which is being run by the British Institute of Innkeeping, will qualify with a level one award in responsible alcohol retailing, a nationally recognised qualification demonstrating a sound knowledge of issues surrounding the sale of alcohol.

It is a course welcomed by Essex Police. Licensing officer, Steve Sparrow, said: "The police support this nationally recognised course to help raise the standards and awareness of staff retailing alcohol to the public and increase confidence to challenge those persons who appear to be underage who attempt to buy alcohol."

Topics covered in the course will include the science behind alcohol and its effects on the human body, the Licensing Act 2003 and the social responsibilities associated with the sale of alcohol.

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