Licensing Board issues warning to Duns shop

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THE owners of Costcutters in Duns have been given a written warning by Scottish Borders Licensing Board after an assistant in the shop sold a bottle of Magners cider to two 16 year olds without challenging their age and asking for identification.

Board members were told that a test purchase had been carried out during Reivers Week and on July 7, the two boys went into the shop and successfully bought the cider.

It was also discovered that the staff training records were not on the premises as they are required to be and that the required training had not been given.

The board was also concerned at some of the answers given on behalf of shop owner Muhammad Imran Tariq. However following a narrow 4-3 vote they agreed to issue a written warning - but not to suspend sales of alcohol for a week as proposed by Councillor Aitchison, seconded by Councillor Weatherston and supported by Convenor Councillor Gavin Logan.