Alcohol licence revoked

An off licence in Liverpool which repeatedly sold alcohol to street drinkers and other people who were drunk has had its licence revoked.

Liverpool City Council’s Alcohol and Tobacco Unit brought the action against Kenny Food and Wine in Kensington following repeated complaints from local residents.

They successfully argued the establishment was failing to meet its licensing obligations under Prevention of Public Nuisance, despite repeated offers of assistance and support.

The issues included:

• Street drinkers hanging around outside causing a nuisance to local people
• Using a nearby alleygate as a toilet
• Littering the area with empty cans and bottle.

On one occasion, a man was found unconscious opposite the premises with two half empty sherry bottles, believed to have been sold to him by Kenny Food and Wine.

Council officers and Merseyside Police visited the premises last September and asked them to stop selling single cans of super strength alcohol to try and reduce the problem, and to become a member of the Alcohol Watch scheme.

Despite joining Alcohol Watch, evidence gathered later from single cans found strewn nearby showed they had been sold by Kenny Food and Wine.

Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “We had received many complaints from local residents about Kenny Food and Wine causing antisocial behaviour and being a blight on the area.

“Despite repeated warnings, they were continuing to sell alcohol to people with a drink problem and those who were already drunk.

“This irresponsible behaviour could not be tolerated any longer and the revoking of the licence is good news for the local community.”