Limekiln Lane:Police thank and congratulate its ONLY off licence

25th March 2011

About a week ago the Conservatives (also known as ‘Tories’) put out a leaflet.  They say  it goes to 11,000 people in the Seacombe & Poulton areas of Wallasey, so that presumably means the whole of Seacombe ward.  It had this entry:

“LIMEKILN LANE a new team to tackle problems caused by under-age sale of alcohol will start work soon.”

I'm 18 but Rana's wouldn't serve me because I don't look 21!!! I had to come back with ID.

We understand from Rana Newsagents – the only shop in Limekiln Lane that sells alcohol – that since the Tories’ leaflet was distributed they have had many customers asking why they are doing such a thing, which they robustly deny.  They told us it is hurtful to be approached by long standing customers who ask such questions, and it is bad for business if customers believe it is the case.

If the Conservatives’ (Tories’) form of words is leaving people with this impression, but means something quite different from what many readers apparently take it to mean, then wouldn’t it be rather nice of the Tories if they were to publish an explanation to the 11,000 people they say receive it?

The Police take the law on under-age alcohol sales seriously.  They send under age ‘would be’ purchasers into off licenses and any outlets where alcohol is sold in ‘Test’ operations.

The last ‘Test’ operation resulted in the Police writing to ‘Rana Newsagents’ and we quote from their letter:

“As a part of this operation we have recently attended at your premises and attempted a test purchase.  I am pleased to advise you that your staff requested proof of age and refused the sale.  Your staff are to be thanked and congratulated on their vigilance as such test purchases often prove successful in other premises.”

We then contacted the Police to discover whether there has been any issue concerning the shop since the date of that last ‘Test’ operation.

A 25 year old told us Rana's didn't believe he was over 18 'cos I look a bit youngish' so he had to go home for his passport!

Following our enquiry to the Police we are delighted to state categorically that ‘Rana Newsagents’ shop is not a target in this operation.  We can also report that they have passed all test purchases and that the Police consider the licensee to be a responsible person with whom they have a good relationship.

We hope this explanation will dispel any cloud that local people might (however mistakenly) feel was hanging over this small business; it has had nothing but praise from the Police for its staff’s vigilance in refusing alcohol sales where there is any doubt.

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