In Brief

22 February, 2008

Police could do better

A Nottingham shopkeeper who nearly lost an ear in an attack by a gang of teenagers says he has not received enough support from the police. Vincent Miller, who has an off-licence in Broom Hill Road, Welbeck Estate,

Hucknall, says he

inherited problems with gangs of kids

when he bought the shop last year. As well as the attack, Miller has had to deal with vandals smashing windows while customers were inside the shop. "It is very demoralising when you get hampered at every turn," he told local paper Hucknall Today. Police said they were doing what they could to help.

Robbers face jail

Three men who admitted holding up a Halifax off-licence with axes and machetes could be jailed next month. At Bradford Crown Court on Feb 14, Mohammed Bilal Ali, 33, of Hampden Place, Halifax, Akaas Pervez, 24, of Akeds Road, Halifax, and Wajid Hussain, 25, of Rhodes Street, Halifax, pleaded guilty to carrying out the raid and stealing £1,000 from West End Off- licence in November last year. Sentencing was adjourned

until March 10.

Antisocial crackdown

Police seized more than 200 bottles and cans of alcohol from under-age drinkers in Morecambe in one weekend as part of a crackdown on anti social behaviour. Details of all under-18s found drinking alcohol on Feb 9 and 10 were taken by police, who contacted their parents to tell them what had happened.

Staff threatened

An armed robber threatened staff at an Edinburgh off-licence before making off with money from the till. The man went into Threshers on Melville Terrace on Feb 15 and demanded that staff open the till. He stole cash, then

ran away on foot.

Proxy buyer hunted

Bolton police are trying to trace a man seen giving alcohol to teenagers. Staff at BJ's Off-licence in Bury Road, Breightmet, called police after a man bought vodka at their shop and passed it to children waiting outside. Inspector Tony Kenyon told the Bolton News: "We are fully aware that youths are getting hold of alcohol by various means and we are working closely with off-licences to identify people who are involved in supplying alcohol to children."

Conditions on hours

A Watford off-licence has been ordered to install CCTV and adopt a Challenge 21 policy in order to sell alcohol for longer periods during the day. First Choice Convenience Store had originally applied to sell alcohol during its opening hours from 6am to midnight. Following objections by police, a new application to serve drink between 8am and 11pm was made. Watford Borough Council insisted the shop owners agree to a string of conditions in order to get police backing.

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