Petrol station in teen booze crackdownBy Becky Barnes
July 16, 2012
Alcohol will be repositioned and marked at a Shell garage following concerns about potential underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.
Police, councillors, trading standards and Shell officials met on July 3 to discuss the sale of alcohol at the garage in Yorktown Road, Sandhurst.
Alcohol containers will be marked with an invisible pen to trace where it was sold and moved to the centre of the chilled section to be monitored by CCTV and staff.
Sandhurst town councillor Michael Brossard, a member of Bracknell Forest Council’s licensing committee, said: “Historically there has been a problem with underage drinking in the park and problems with anti-social behaviour and vandalism.
“The residents felt these were linked and the next nearest place is the centre of Sandhurst.
“Shell is perfectly entitled to sell alcohol, but we wanted to reposition wine and spirits so they could be monitored better.”
Shell has also agreed to train staff on proxy sales – where an adult buys alcohol on behalf of someone underage.
Cllr Brossard said: “There are serious repercussions if adults buy alcohol for younger people so we asked for vigilance from Shell.
“This is due in no small measure to the excellent working relationship between the police – Gary Campion and our PCSOs – and the young people who enjoy the facilities on offer on the park such as skateboarding and the Pistachios cafe.”
The former Total garage re-opened at the end of June following a refurbishment. The previous owners chose to stop selling alcohol but retain the licence, which raised concerns when alcohol went on sale again.