St Leonards store could face a ban on alcohol sales

Marine News, St Leonards
Marine News, St Leonards

A CONVENIENCE store in St Leonards could lose its right to sell alcohol over allegations that the shop stocked poor quality vodka and fake DVDs.

Marina News, in Marina, St Leonards, is currently under investigation by East Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards.

An inspection at the shop was carried out on October 12 last year.

Sandra Thornton, from Trading Standards, said 315 counterfeit DVDs were found during the inspection by two officers.

She added the DVDs, which had poorly photocopied labels and were in clear plastic sleeves, were found under the shop counter.

Trading Standards officers also said four bottles of Russian vodka of unknown origin were found on the shelves.

They became concerned after they said the vodka was cheaply priced, the label on the bottle was of poor quality and there was no business name and address or registered office of the manufacturer on the label.

The vodka failed a test by Paul Hancock, public analyst from Worcestershire County Council, who believed the liquid was of industrial origin, and not fit to drink.

Following the inspection Ms Thornton wrote to Hastings Borough Council’s licensing department in November recommending that the shop’s licence be revoked. A petition containing 96 signatures supporting the shop has been received by the council. A county council spokesman said the trading standards case against Marina News was still ongoing. Members of the borough council’s licensing sub-committee will be discussing the application on Tuesday, January 24.