Strict conditions imposed on Corringham store

A SERIES of new conditions – including the installation of CCTV cameras – have been imposed on a Corringham supermarket after a Trading Standards operation.

The Mace store in Lampits Hill, owned by Allcures, served alcohol to a 15-year-old girl working with Thurrock Council’s Trading Standards team and police.

On Wednesday (21 August) both organisations asked the council’s licensing sub-committee to review the licence conditions.

Members heard that police and council officers carried out a underage test purchasing check in the Corringham area on the afternoon of 30 May this year.

The 15-year-old girl bought a 700ml bottle of Smirnoff Ice at the store – the only one out of nine checked to sell alcohol to the volunteer.

Members of the sub-committee were told that since the incident, the store’s staff have undertaken training and the store itself has brought in a Challenge 25 scheme.

Owners of the store had not only taken part in Thurrock Council training for staff, but had also brought in their own trainers. They also now carried out their own spot checks.

Sub-committee chair, Cllr Ben Maney, said they had ”taken on board” that the store had made efforts, but thought the proposed conditions should be imposed on the licence and that the store was also required to “install and maintain a fully working CCTV system” with appropriate signage.

Cllr Maney said: “Thurrock Council takes this sort of thing very seriously which is why we regularly carry out test purchase operations around the borough and make sure any shop selling age-restricted goods to under-age people are brought to book.

“This store was the only one of nine to fail, but one is too many. I’m pleased to see the way the company acted after the incident, but of course it would have been far better for everyone involved if they had these processes working in the first place.

“I would urge all stores which deal with age-restricted goods to take this as a lesson to learn and to confirm their own rules are carried out properly.”

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