In Brief

20 April, 2007

Teen fined for racial abuse

A teenager who told the Asian owner of a Thresher in Woodbridge, Suffolk, to "go back to his own country", after he refused to sell him cigarette papers, has been ordered to pay him 50 compensation. Justices at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court also gave Christopher Fenton, of Trimley St Mary, an 18-month conditional discharge for swearing at and racially abusing the shopkeeper on March 26.

Haddows robber jailed

A convicted robber who threatened a shopworker with a kitchen knife while on day release from prison has been jailed for six years. Paul Burton threatened Paul Sherick at Haddows in Perth, Scotland, before robbing him of 110 on Jan 9. The 19-year-old, who was serving five years for serious assault, left Sherick in "a very distressed state" and forced him to leave his job after the raid.

Newsagent granted licence

A newsagent is now stocking his shop with alcohol instead of stationery after sales of pens and paper declined. Arunkumar Patel was granted a licence to sell alcohol at Barbican News in London by the council on April 2. Patel blamed the popularity of laptops and e-mail for the low demand for stationery. He was granted a licence to sell alcohol from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm on Sundays.

Smash-and-grab raiders caught

Wiltshire police have arrested two men following smash-and-grab raids on a convenience store and an off-licence in Chippenham, Wiltshire. The pair were arrested on April 12 after a tip-off from a member of the public. The duo stole alcohol from a Tesco Express after smashing their way through the window, but left empty-handed after a similar raid on nearby The Local off-licence. They have been released pending further enquiries.

Three raids in Belfast street

Two drinks shops occupying the same street in Belfast have been raided three times in as many months between them. The Winemark in Ormeau Road was held up by a man with a gun on April 14.

He escaped with cash and alcohol. Nearby wine merchant The Vineyard

was raided in January and February

of this year.

Adults buying for kids targeted

Trading Standards and police in Atherton, Tyldesley and Astley in Lancashire are targeting adults who buy alcohol for children. Letters have been sent to traders warning them of their responsibilities. Authorities have also contacted schools and homes warning young people and their parents about the consequences of

anti-social behaviour.

Crawley retailers fail test blitz

Drinks retailers and pub landlords in Crawley, West Sussex, have come under fire from police after five out of seven premises failed test purchases during the Easter weekend.

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