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Troubled Durham off-licence to sell booze again From Durham Times

ALCOHOL is to again be sold from a village store previously stripped of its off-licence for selling drinks to under-age youngsters.

Durham County Council revoked the off-licence of Lazer News and Video, on Broom Lane, Ushaw Moor, in July 2009 after it twice failed ‘test purchases’ by police-supervised under-age volunteers.

Residents claimed the store attracted anti-social behaviour including drunkenness, shouting and swearing, verbal abuse and youths urinating in nearby streets.

The store’s then-owner, Ajay Kumar Nayyar, withdrew an appeal against the decision in November 2009.

Last week, new operator Lokugamage Rohitha Jathunarachchi persuaded councillors to issue a new off-licence for the premises, now known as Ushaw Moor Convenience Store.

Durham County Council’s statutory licensing sub-committee granted a licence for the sale of alcohol from 7am to 10pm, seven days a week.

The application attracted opposition from neighbours and a nearby business.

Twenty-five residents of High View signed a petition objecting to the bid, warning its approval would lead to problems of abuse and anti-social behaviour returning again. Ushaw Moor Action Group also raised concerns.

via Troubled Durham off-licence to sell booze again From Durham Times.

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