Clitheroe pub loses licence after underage sales

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A CLITHEROE pub has lost its licence after police received complaints about underage drinking at the premises.

This morning, (Tuesday, December 20th) at Ribble Valley Borough Council, a licensing committee revoked the premises licence from The Victoria pub, Market Place, Clitheroe. The licensee will now have 28 days to appeal.

The action came after children as young as 15 were continuously being served with alcohol. Officers visited the pub on numerous occasions and found children drinking pints of lager and vodka.

Sgt John Lindsey said: “We have tried to work with the licensee in attempt to resolve the situation, but the owners have repeatedly failed to take our warnings on board and comply with the conditions of the licence.

“It is extremely disappointing it has got to this stage – we have a fantastic relationship with licensees in the town centre and will always do everything we can to avoid having to take such action.

“I hope the ruling sends out a clear message to licensees and the public that the police are committed to reducing underage drinking to make Clitheroe a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and socialise.”

Anyone with information or concerns about underage drinking or alcohol-related disorder can contact police non emergency number 101.

Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.