Booze ban as appeal is dropped

AN APPEAL against the suspension of an alcohol licence from a North Shields shop has been dropped amidst revelations that the licence holder has been jailed for a serious assault.

Royal Quays Food and Wine had its licence revoked for a period of three months in February after it sold alcohol to under-age test purchasers aged 15 and 16.

The licensee, Narinder Bangar, 29, submitted an appeal against the decision, which was due to be heard last week at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

However, it was withdrawn the day before the court date, which means the three-month ban on selling booze is now in force and the Prince Consort Way store has to remove all alcohol from its shelves.

Alan Burnett, principal trading standards officer at North Tyneside Council, said: “As a council we take the issue of under-age drinking very seriously as it is a contributing factor in anti-social behaviour within our communities.

“We work closely with licensees in the borough to put systems in place that will protect children and young people from the dangers of alcohol.

“However, in cases such as this, where illegal sales of alcohol persist, we will always look to take enforcement action.”

It is not known whether or not the appeal was dropped due to Bangar’s appearance at Newcastle Crown Court on March 28, following an attack at a Newcastle nightclub in June last year.

Bangar, of Scrogg Road, Walker, was jailed for three years for an offence of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.