14-day licence ban for pub

A PUB has had its licence suspended for two weeks for selling alcohol to under-18s.

Cleveland Police applied for the licence of The Kings Arms, in Wolviston Road, Billingham, after staff failed to ask test purchasers who were aged 15 and 16 for ID on two occasions.

The suspension was passed by Stockton Council’s licensing committee and the 14 days ban started on Monday, January 9.

Sergeant Keith Daley, from Stockton Police’s licensing unit, said: “We take the issue of selling alcohol to people who are underage very seriously and we will continue to test premises throughout the Stockton area.

“Any premises failing two test purchases in a six month period will have their licence reviewed.”

The Union Arms and The Eagle, both in Yarm, also both received a one-week suspension of their licences after also selling alcohol to underage test purchasers.

The three pubs are said to have committed the offences between March 17 and August 31, last year.

All three premises have also had further conditions applied to their licences in relation to Challenge 21 and Challenge 25 policies and staff training.