In Brief

01 June, 2007

Booze pair barred

Cambridge police are urging drinks shops not to serve two men who have been handed alcohol-related ASBOs. Magistrates gave Paul Longhurst, of Victoria Road, a two-year order banning him from being drunk in public in the city, while Brian Cook, of Cameron Road, is barred from drinking alcohol in public or entering licensed premises in the Cambridge area. Sgt Kay Stevens, of Cambridge police, said: "To help both Paul and Brian comply with the order, we would urge licensees and off-licence stores not to sell them alcohol."

Headlock robbers hunted

A female shop assistant was held in a headlock by a robber while his accomplice raided the till. The raid at Threshers in Lindfield, East Sussex, on May 17 saw the†pair escape with more than £100 in cash. Police are linking the incident to another the previous day in which two men†stole £100 from an off-licence in Hassocks after demanding the safe key from a shop worker.

Double clampdown

Two drinks shops on the same street in Manchester have been stripped of their†licences to sell alcohol. Manchester City Council's licensing sub-committee revoked the licence at Bakr 101 in the Lightbowne area of the city for selling alcohol to children. The committee did the same to Coyote 1 following complaints by residents.

Woman fined for proxy buy

Bolton police fined a woman for buying alcohol for teenagers as part of a major crackdown on anti-social behaviour over the bank holiday weekend. The woman was given a fixed penalty notice for £80 when officers spotted her actions. Police also used a mobile camera to capture footage of gangs of young people who residents say have created chaos. Officers stopped 63 youngsters and arrested 12.

Tobacco ban

A retailer in Lancashire has been banned from selling tobacco after he was caught selling cigarettes he had not paid duty on. Trading Standards officers found 5,600 packets of brand-name cigarettes and tobacco at Qamar Zaman's off-licence in Padiham after a customer tipped them off. Zaman was banned and ordered to pay the £2,108 duty owed as well as £250 costs at Burnley Magistrates' Court.

Witness appeal

Police in North Wales are appealing for witnesses after a branch of Bargain Booze was targeted by an armed robber. The raid at the shop in Rhos took place soon after 8am on May 21. The robber went into the store armed with a knife and stole money from the safe before leaving.

Somerset crime initiative

Somerset council has launched an initiative to tackle alcohol-related crime, focusing on the responsibilities of both trade and parents.

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Lifting the spirits

I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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