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Norwich shop which sold alcohol to 13-year-old handed £5,000 court costs bill

15:39 10 February 2014

Norwich Mini Market on St Stephens Road, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

Norwich Mini Market on St Stephens Road, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

A Norwich shop which was banned from selling alcohol after serving underage customers has been ordered to pay court costs of nearly £5,000.

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A Norwich shop which was banned from selling alcohol after serving underage customers has been ordered to pay court costs of nearly £5,000.

The Norwich Mini Market and Off Licence in St Stephen’s Road had its licence revoked on January 30, after appealing a three-month ban handed down by Norwich City Council’s licensing sub-committee.

However, a licensing bench sitting at Norwich Magistrates’ Court not only upheld the ban but permanently revoked the shop’s alcohol licence.

Norwich shop stripped of alcohol licence – for selling to 13-year-old girl

At a separate hearing, on Thursday, the shop was ordered to cover the court costs of £4,696.51.

The court had previously heard that counterfeit alcohol and cigarettes was found on the premises, and shop staff had sold alcohol to customers including a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old girl who was later taken to hospital.

Owner Ali Capti said he had taken steps to prevent the offences happening again, but chairman of the bench Paul Allen said the way the shop had been managed displayed “a tolerance for criminal activity on the premises”.

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