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24 April, 2009

Licence lost to under-age sales

An Oxfordshire off-licence has had its licence revoked after being caught repeatedly selling drink to under-age youths. Didcot

magistrates found that McColl's in Millbrook Square, Grove, had sold alcohol to 14 and 15


olds five times between 2003 and 2009. They said McColl's had committed a "grave breach" of its licence.

Cigarette smugglers charged

Two truck

drivers caught trying to smuggle

7 million counterfeit cigarettes into the UK under a cargo of mushrooms have been jailed for five years. Denis Bugler, 43, from the Irish Republic and Conor Caherty, 30, from Northern Ireland, were convicted of attempting to evade £1 million in duty before Maidstone Crown Court.


pair set up events co

Wine industry consultant and ex-Somerfield buyer Angela Mount has teamed up with writer and broadcaster Susy Atkins to set up a wine events business in the south west. The pair will focus on organising bespoke wine tasting and corporate events in the region, where they both live. Atkins said: " We know there are a lot of wine consumers both living in

and travelling to this region who would love to find out more about wine in a relaxed environment." To find out more email or

Gear up for Vegetarian Week

National Vegetarian Week runs from May 18-24 and is a great time to promote your vegetarian wines,

beers and spirits. Hatch Mansfield

has picked out a selection of animal-friendly wines for the occasion, including Cune Crianza 2005 (£8.25), Errazuriz Max Reserva Shiraz 2006 (£9.99), Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2007 (£8.05), Grant Burge Barossa Vines Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2006 (£6.99), Lourensford Three Peaks Shiraz/Viognier 2006 (£7.49), Grant Burge Barossa Vines Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (£6.99) and Taittinger Brut Reserve

NV (£31.99).

Benevolent seeks participants

The Benevolent Triathlon is to take place in Keynes

Country Park in Cirencester

on September 6, and

is looking for individuals to compete in a 750m open -water swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run. Entrants need a minimum sponsorship of £350 for individuals or £1,000 for a team of three .


for details.

UK tops Fairtrade polls

An international survey ahead of World Fair Trade Day on May 9 found that the UK had the highest awareness of Fairtrade of any country polled. Eighty-two per cent of those polled said they recognised the Fairtrade mark, with 94% of them saying they trusted it. The poll said estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products in the UK topped £700 million in 2008.

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