In Brief

02 November, 2007

Teenagers threaten assistant

A teenager threw a bottle of wine at a shop assistant's head before stealing alcohol from the store. The youth, who is thought to be about 15, entered the Threshers in Basingstoke with three others on Oct 14 at about 3.30pm. They grabbed four bottles of wine and a box of lager before shouting abuse at the female member of staff and running off. Basingstoke PC Kate Towerton said: "Fortunately, the shop assistant was not injured, but she was left badly shaken by the incident and the verbal abuse which was directed at her."

Test purchase failures

A 14-year old girl was sold alcohol by a 14-year-old boy at a branch of The Local in Bournemouth, Dorset. The shop managed to avoid temporary closure after Dorset Police took the case to Bournemouth's licensing committee, but has agreed to stricter conditions on its licence, including a ban on staff under 18 selling alcohol, even with permission from supervisors. The committee heard two other cases following summer test purchase failures. Wallisdown News in Wallisdown Road had a 31-day ban imposed and Isbir, of Wimborne Road, had strict licence conditions


Jail for 30m driver

A man who drove 30

metres to an off-licence in North Wales when he was four times over the drink drive limit was jailed for three months by Flintshire Magistrates on Oct 19. Staff at Bargain Booze in Connah's Quay

called the police and tried to stop Russell Manston Jones from driving away on Oct 10 after refusing to sell him alcohol because he was already drunk. The 47-year-old was arrested at his home five minutes

later where he admitted driving to the shop.

Man charged for sex assault

A Lancashire man has been ordered to sign the sex offenders' register after groping a shop worker. David Skuse, 34, of Salisbury Avenue in Hindley, Lancashire, went into a branch of Bargain Booze in Leigh on Sept 30, and groped the shop assistant's breast as she went to fetch beer. He then went on a drinking binge. Skuse was handed a six-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

Campaign catches kids out

Lothian & Borders police seized 350 litres of alcohol from

children in the Morningside, Bruntsfield and

Meadows areas of Edinburgh during a summer campaign to stop under-18s drinking. More than 40

children aged between 13 and 17 were found with alcohol and police sent letters to their parents. Off-licences in the area were also monitored during the campaign in July and August, but none were found guilty of selling alcohol to under-18s.

Robber nets £100 cash

A 20-year-old sales assistant was held at gunpoint in a robbery in Kilmacolm, Greenock, on Oct 24. The robber went into Victoria Wine at 7.15pm , demanded cash

and escap ed with less than £100 . The assistant was left shocked but unhurt.

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