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Clampdown on off-licences as police seize 1,200 bottles of wine

PUBLISHED: 11:24 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:24 15 July 2015

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Two Gravesend off-licences have had their licenses restricted

Two Gravesend off-licences have had their licenses restricted in a crackdown on alcohol retailers in north Kent.

The two shops - East West Food and Wine in Wrotham Road, and Party King Off Licence in Parrock Street – had several conditions imposed on them, including not being allowed to sell single cans of alcohol, not being allowed to sell alcohol over a certain strength and needing to have the licensee on-site when alcohol is sold.

Police and customs officers spent two days visiting licensed retailers across Gravesham and Dartford earlier in the year, to make sure sellers were complying with the law.

They seized some 1,255 bottles of Italian wine and more than 150 litres of spirits from retailers who were not doing so.

Four shops, including the two above, had their licences reviewed and five more received warning letters.

Licensing officer PC Clare Cossar said: “The restrictions placed on the licences of these retailers will help us tackle street drinking and alcohol-related disorder in the town.”

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