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Stone pub licensee warned over underage booze sales

By Stone Edition  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

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THE licensee of a Stone pub caught selling booze to an underage drinker has been warned the pub could face a further licence review if it is caught again.

The Crown and Anchor was caught during a Staffordshire Police operation on September 3.

As part of a test purchase, two young volunteers went into the venue and a member of staff served one of them, a 17-year-old, without checking the teen's age or asking for ID.

It went against the Challenge 25 scheme, which calls on licensed premises to check the ages of any customers who are likely to be under 25.

Staffordshire Police brought an application for a review of the licence after questioning the seller of the alcohol.

At a meeting of Stafford Borough Council's licensing committee members were told licensee Custodio Pinto said he would agree with any conditions put on his licence.

Councillor Geoff Rowlands said the licence holder had been given a clear warning that the sale of alcohol to under-age people was so serious it would result in a licence review.

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