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Dudley off-licence closed down by police over anti-social behaviour

By Richard Guttridge | Kingswinford | Crime | Published:

A shop has been closed down by police due to concerns over anti-social behaviour.

A closure order has been brought against Liquor World, on Bromley Lane, Kingswinford, also known as the Convenience Store, after action was launched by police.

Dudley Council licensing bosses are now due to decide whether the shop should stay shut. It is an unusual step for police to use such powers to bring about the immediate closure of a business.

Police said the closure order was brought under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Managers are due to appear before a Dudley Council licensing panel tomorrow (tue) as the future of the shop is discussed.

Police are expected to call for the licence to be revoked due to the level of concerns.

But council chiefs could decide to let the shop re-open, while adding strict conditions to its licence.

It will be the second time in three years the shop has had its licence reviewed. Liquor World was subject to a previous inspection in June 2014 when licensing committee members ruled the designated premises supervisor at the time should be removed and conditions added to the licence.

Neighbouring businesses confirmed the shop had been closed for around three weeks.

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Kingswinford councillor Peter Miller said he was aware about the issues surrounding the shop.

He said: “There has been quite a few problems, general behavioural problems. Kids hanging around has been one of the problems.

“We are working with police and are determined to stop this kind of behaviour.”

Under the terms of its current licence, Liquor World can sell alcohol between 6am and 11am.

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The shop’s Facebook page describes it as a ‘wine, beer and spirits shop’.

A council report ahead of the hearing said: “On June 12, a copy of a closure order under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 was received by the Licensing Officer from Walsall Magistrates Court.

“A copy of that order has been forwarded to committee members and interested parties in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003.”

Nobody from Liquor World could be contacted for comment.

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
@RichG_star

Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton

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