In Brief

Responsible course

Drink retailers across Kirklees in Yorkshire are being offered a two-hour training course for staff who have been caught selling alcohol to under-18s. The Responsible Retailer scheme has been designed by Kirklees Safer Stronger Communities Service, West Yorkshire Police's licensing department, and West Yorkshire Trading Standards to reduce the number of test purchase failures. It will cover advice on how to make difficult refusals and help on understanding the law.

Somerfield backs down

A Bristol Somerfield has pulled out of its bid for a 24-hour drinks licence at a garage and shop in Westbury-on-Trym after 100 residents

objected. The supermarket chain was asked by the licensing committee to prove that the site should be thought of as a store with a garage rather than a petrol station that also sells groceries. After being unable to show the required grocery sales figures, Somerfield withdrew its application.

Off-licence Watch

An Off-licence Watch scheme is being set up by Northumbria Police in an effort to reduce alcohol-fuelled anti social behaviour. It will include offering retailers support in preventing under-age drinkers getting hold of alcohol.

The push is part of a summer campaign

by Northumbria Police in direct response to concerns raised by the public.

Suspected drugs front

Lancashire police have closed down an off-licence believed to be a front for a drug dealing business.

Earlier this month Blackburn with Darwen Council revoked the licence of Wendy's Off-licence in Brecon Road, Blackburn,

after officers went to the shop to investigate an alleged assault. Three men were arrested and charged with drugs offences .

Stores fail sting

Police in Carlisle

are "disappointed"

that six out of nine local off-licences served alcohol to a 14-year-old in a test purchase sting.

Sgt Richard Higgin, who led the operation, said: "I am disappointed that such a high proportion of premises failed the test purchase. We will be conducting follow-up visits over the next few weeks and if the premises fail again we will consider conducting a review of their licence." The premises which failed were Simply Drinks on Beechwood Avenue, Booze Buster on Wigton Road, Bargain Booze on Central Avenue and Denton Street, The Local on English Street and The Spar on Lamb Street.

Retailer injured in knife raid

Police are appealing for information after two knife-wielding robbers attempted to raid a Blackpool drinks shop. The attack happened on July 4 at around 9.45pm when two men entered the Cork Screw off-licence on Hawes Side Lane brandishing a blade. The shop's owner was near the door at the time and managed to battle with the robbers, forcing them back out of the door and on to the street. The owner suffered cuts to his hand during the struggle.