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Indian shop loses licence for selling alcohol to teenagers

world Updated: Jul 16, 2010 20:13 IST
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An Indian corner shop in the UK has lost its licence to sell alcohol after it was found selling liquor to under-aged teens.

"The Patels were determined to put their business interests before the interests of the community. That is irresponsible, selfish and dangerous.

"We want to get a clear message out to licence-holders that this is a serious business," city councillor John Thomas told Leicester Mercury newspaper.

Police blamed the illegal sales for a wave of drunken behaviour by children aged 14 or 15 at Leicester town.

Police and Leicester City Council launched an investigation after public complained about the shop selling alcohol to children.

At a hearing in the town hall, police showed CCTV images of two 15-year-old boys being served and leaving the shop, only to panic when confronted by police officers.

The footage showed them running back inside the shop and hiding behind a bag containing cans of lager.

Police went inside and questioned the staff, who denied any knowledge of the sale. The officers then searched the shop and found the bag.

Owners Jayesh and Pravina Patel were eventually stripped of the right to sell alcohol.